New York | Pakistan has said it was regrettable that instead of responding to its goodwill gesture, India is interfering in its internal matters and accused it of supporting terrorism. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said that Kashmir was among the oldest unresolved international disputes at the UN forum. Speaking at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers here yesterday, he also accused Indian security forces of human rights violations and ceasefire violations.
He asked the OIC member states to impress upon India to end its alleged repression of Kashmiris and to come to the negotiating table for peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including the Kashmir, according to a press release. Indian side was not only interfering in Pakistan’s internal matters but was also supporting terrorism inside Pakistan, he said. Aziz also said the denial of right of self-determination to Kashmiri people continued to stain the collective conscience of the international community. He clarified that elections held under foreign occupation could not be a substitute to the exercise of right to self-determination under a UN plebiscite, the release said.
A diplomatic back and forth ensured between India and Pakistan at the UN following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifs address to the General Assembly in which he had proposed a new four-point peace initiative to India, including demilitarization of Kashmir and unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in her address to the world body, said India does not need four points but only one that Pakistan should give up terror and come to the negotiating table for talks. Both countries exercised the Right of Reply to respond to each other’s leaders’ statements with India saying that terrorism in Pakistan is a home grown problem that has begun to bite the hand that fed it.