Pakistan gave UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a dossier on Tuesday accusing India of stoking terrorism in Pakistan. Pakistan gave the dossier a day after India provided a dossier to some UN Security Council members. India also accused militants of attempting an attack in the disputed Indian territory Kashmir from Pakistani soil.
The tit-for-tat moves come ahead of India joining the 15-member council for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021.
Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram gave the dossier to Guterres. He accused India of violating international law, the UN Charter, and Security Council resolutions by sponsoring terrorism.
Akram said Pakistan called on Guterres and the international community “to take note of Indian terrorism and subversion against Pakistan and to prevail on India to desist from these illegal and aggressive activities.”
A spokesperson for India’s mission to the United Nations in New York denied the charges.
“Pakistan can cry hoarse from the rooftops. But they cannot change the fact that they are the epicenter of terrorism,” the spokesperson claimed. “Their lies have no takers.”
Pakistan, India & Kashmir
The Himalayan region of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) has long been a flashpoint between Pakistan and India. Both nuclear-armed neighbors claim IOK in full but rule it in part.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to make Kashmir a province of Pakistan soon.
UN peacekeepers are deployed in IOK since 1949. They observe a ceasefire between Pakistan and Indian in IOK.
India said on Monday that four militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad entered IOK. It added they made their way through a tunnel last week. India said militants attacked when their truck was going through a routine inspection.
Pakistan has rejected allegations of any involvement in the alleged attack. It said India was diverting attention from India’s human rights violations in Kashmir.
The UN Security Council blacklisted the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed in May last year. The decision was made after China dropped its objection to the move, ending a decade-long diplomatic impasse.
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