Pakistan complains to UN about India's plan to build wall along LoC

Published: September 25, 2015
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In this file photo, Pakistan's Permanent Representative in UN Maleeha Lodhi addresses the Security Council. PHOTO: INP

In this file photo, Pakistan's Permanent Representative in UN Maleeha Lodhi addresses the Security Council. PHOTO: INP

Pakistan has complained to the UN Security Council (UNSC) about India’s plans to construct a wall along the Line of Control allegedly to convert it “into a quasi-international border”.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi has written two letters dated September 4 and 9 to the UNSC.

In the September 9 letter to UNSC President Vitaly Churkin, Lodhi expressed “deep concern” at the plan by India to construct a 10-metre-high and 135-feet-wide embankment (wall) along the 197km boundary between Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan.

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In the letter, Lodhi said Pakistan “considers the embankment a permanent structure that will bring about a material change in the territory in violation inter alia of Security Council resolution of 1948.

“The state of Jammu & Kashmir is internationally recognised disputed territory with a number of United Nations security council resolutions on the official status of Jammu & Kashmir awaiting implementation,” Lodhi said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters on Thursday that India was aware of the two letters that had been written.

The first letter written on September 4 says there is no bilateral dialogue, Swarup said, adding the BSF and Pakistan Rangers have already met.

“So the letter itself has contradicted itself that there is no dialogue. There has been a dialogue,” Swarup said.

The article originally appeared on Times of India

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  • Dr Cocktail
    Sep 25, 2015 - 11:32PM

    Dialogue over the issue of embankment perhaps, which later came to surface after the end of the meeting sessions between BSF and DG rangers Punjab.Recommend

  • Imran Butt
    Sep 26, 2015 - 12:41AM

    This is a great move. Finally the 2 letters should get long over due attention to the Kashmir issue.Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Sep 26, 2015 - 8:55AM

    Pathetic standard of diplomacy revealed at UN when Maleeha Lodhi repeated lines of Syed Salahuddin, the recognised terrorist. Was this letter based on hearsay or facts like satellite imagery?

    Why complain construction of a wall that never was built as India has not given up its claims on GB and POK? On the other hand, Pakistan is bringing a third country into the disputed area to construct a road through it. I wonder how Pakistan could question India’s objection to CPEC passing through the disputed region.Recommend

  • Great Wall of China
    Sep 26, 2015 - 9:32AM

    This wall has a lot of advantages, for both sides. Since India is paying for it, there will be savings on Pakistan’s part. There will be no cross border infiltration. Both India and Pakistan . will have to talk to each other politely,diplomatically, rationally. Chances of violent exchanges will be reduced. This is what both sides want. Talks can continue on and on and on, as it has with no result, nothing is lost in talking. Kashmir can remain a contentious issue. But the way to resolve it will be thru talks. Recommend

  • Abdul
    Sep 26, 2015 - 11:29AM

    They are trying to prevent Ajmal Kassab’s from infiltrating. Don’t protest. Just dig tunnelsRecommend

  • Aziz
    Sep 26, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Are we so desperate to send mujahideens across that we are complaining about a wallRecommend

  • Sep 26, 2015 - 11:31AM

    if india is constructing a wall along ,it means they are pushing pakistan to another war,as kasmir is a disputed territory and its not an international border but a line of control,india must stop this war pushing step.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Sep 26, 2015 - 11:46AM

    Why would India build a wall and forsake the daily pleasure of violating the LOC, as blamed by several dignitaries from across the border? Something doesn’t add up here.Recommend

  • Rafi ka Diwana
    Sep 26, 2015 - 11:54AM

    Stop sending your young men as cannon fodder if you don’t want the wall built.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Sep 26, 2015 - 11:59AM

    “10-metre-high and 135-feet-wide embankment (wall) along the 197km boundary”— can that be possible? 135 feet wide wall making a single kilometer will consume so much concrete that it outright seems far fetched idea. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 26, 2015 - 12:03PM

    Pakistan seems to be living in a world of its own, the fine line between reality and imagination erased long ago. Making a fool of oneself on the global stage seems to have become a habit. Real morons with not a clue about diplomacy have appropriated Foreign Policy, making the country a laughing stock. A very sad spectacle indeed !Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 26, 2015 - 12:05PM

    dear india,

    a wall, disconnecting people via internet, banning meat wont do you good. It’s nice to see india’s 2025 vision of moving into caves by modi sarkar roshan hindustan Recommend

  • Dubya
    Sep 26, 2015 - 12:26PM

    Cry baby …Recommend

  • JD
    Sep 26, 2015 - 12:35PM

    Well start bombarding it as soon as the construction begins. The conflict will escalate, the international players busy in their materialistic objectives will themselves take notice.Recommend

  • Stuart
    Sep 26, 2015 - 12:47PM

    I am sure there wont be any takers in UN. India has already rubbished this claim stating Pakistan is just endorsing Syed Salahuddin’s quote who is a global terrorist. And India will not waste time in responding to this.

    Pakistan must first build credibility by uprooting terrorism in its country before taking such complaints to UN. Global terrorists are still sheltered in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nav
    Sep 26, 2015 - 1:11PM

    India’s response to the letter based on the link in the article – Swarup asked that “has any action been taken by the UN on these letters. That is the first question. If there is action taken by the UN we will respond appropriately. If there is no action taken by the UN then this will mean that nobody has taken cognizance,” of the letters, Swarup said.Recommend

  • Bahubali
    Sep 26, 2015 - 1:12PM

    Mrs Lodhi has written to UN,. Now what will happen to India. Every country will boycott India and soon India will present J&K, Sircreek, Abc and Xyz to Pakistan on platter. We are so afraid here in India.Recommend

  • curious george
    Sep 26, 2015 - 1:15PM

    Since when a country started complaining about other country’s plans which have not been yet formalized.Can anybody tell what UNO did to that complain.Just wrote NFA(Not For Action).Recommend

  • BCCI
    Sep 26, 2015 - 1:39PM

    YawwnRecommend

  • Juggernaut
    Sep 26, 2015 - 1:41PM

    I believe pakistan need to change their permanent UN representative. One simple question why on earth India will build a wall to block the view on LOC. It is always better for India have fences on the border. This is getting ridiculous. She is simply reiterating the view of global terrorist Saiyad Salahuddin of Hizbul Mujahidin in place like UN.Recommend

  • a_writer
    Sep 26, 2015 - 4:06PM

    Madame Representative : Do you have a better idea to stem the tide of terrorists trying to sneak in from Pakistan?Recommend

  • Sep 26, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Naturally the board is empty. Who will comment on a bad joke.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Sep 26, 2015 - 6:02PM

    Musharraf already allowed them to build a fence , so what’s the big deal? Recommend

  • Akhthar
    Sep 26, 2015 - 6:09PM

    The Indians are making fun of Pakistanis in the UN. No one gives us damn (whether its US & West) or the Gulf countries. The Gulf countries won’t even bother about Syrian’s, what to talk of Pakistanis.
    China won’t talk as they are having problems with Muslims in Xinjiang.
    Talks or no talks, nothing going to happen.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Sep 26, 2015 - 6:25PM

    One wonders why Pakistan is objecting to wall. It should be welcomed as it will stop trans LOC intrusion. At present, firing happens on LOC when ever Terrorists try to cross LOC. once such walls are built it will restrict intrusion entry and Line of Control will become Line of Peace. We should all welcome it.Recommend

  • Pranav
    Sep 26, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Well No one cares about Kashmir in UN Anymore!Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 26, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Kashmir rhetoric won’t help Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sep 26, 2015 - 6:45PM

    If India builds this wall….than Pakistan should build a wall on the border with Afghanistan and nobody in this universe should have a problem with it.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Sep 26, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Maliha Lodhi, in a TV debate on NDTV claimed that LeT or JuD is a charity organization of Pakistan lead by Hafiz Saeed. She being a former ambassador in US and in the UN should have known that Hafiz Saeed and LeT/JuD are declared terrorists and terror organization by the UN and USA both.

    So much so for the opinion of Pakistani intellectuals and bureaucrats on world forums. They will follow the line of the establishment,no matter what. Recommend

  • Giri
    Sep 26, 2015 - 7:30PM

    Photographs please.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Sep 26, 2015 - 7:57PM

    Oh …. now even future plans of nations are also part of UN agenda …. A body which can’t even solve the present issues will now indulge in ‘Future Plans’ …. Isn’t it amazing? Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 26, 2015 - 9:42PM

    nothing gonna happen.Kashmir is bound by shimla agreement superseding all previous agreements. In short UN has no say in that.Recommend

  • Sep 26, 2015 - 10:05PM

    135 ft wide wall. even if the wall to be constructed why so wide ? . international community will enjoy it ( the stupidity of blame )Recommend

  • auginpk
    Sep 26, 2015 - 10:23PM

    @Great Wall of China:

    Well said.Recommend

  • Kismat
    Sep 26, 2015 - 11:37PM

    I think India Pak can manage the wall together under joint mechanism. The wall will be lighted ,electrified to its whole length and the ditch alongside will be periodically operi filled with water from reservoir at Baghliar. While poor India pay for erecting the wall and digging the ditch with its cheap labor ,Pakistan share will be in the form of electricity and water which it has in abundance. Recommend

  • MA
    Sep 27, 2015 - 2:07AM

    One way India can keep her improvished busy lugging tiles and mud to build the wall. They may be literally going along with the purda hai purda hai….Recommend

  • Hasan
    Sep 27, 2015 - 5:40AM

    Pakistan wants to keep sending terrorists unhindered.Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Sep 27, 2015 - 6:28AM

    The UN knows the reality on the ground. They will welcome this wall of peace that will extended into PoK in the not-too-distant future.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Sep 27, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Why is Pakistan objecting to construction of a wall when it did not object to the barbed wire fencing by India as both serve the same purpose to stop inflirtation ? Pakistan, understandably has serious objections to wall construction since it would pose a formidable barrier for its proxies to cross the LoC with ease. Pakistan, as such has no moral rights to raise any objection since itself has handed over large mass of disputed territory to China, a third country as well as allowing the latter to construct a road. UN, most likely shall take no cognizance of Pakistan’s complaint as done in the past for several others..Recommend

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