Pakistan tells UN that India has ‘closed doors to bilateral dialogue’

Even as they again urged the UN to interfere in Kashmir, Pakistan’s special envoys on Kashmir reportedly told a top UN official yesterday that India has closed the doors to bilateral dialogue, Pakistani media reported.

“India has closed all doors to bilateral dialogue , scuttled a regional summit+ and refused to implement United Nations Security Council resolutions at the international level,” said the envoys, to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) president Peter Thomson, according to ‘Dawn’

The envoys, Mushahid Hussain and Shezra Mansab Ali, handed over to Thomson a dossier of what they called human rights violations in Kashmir . They also met with officials of the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations who briefed them “on the continued non-cooperation by the Indian side which was hampering the mandated work of the UN mission” in Kashmir.
At a media lunch after meeting with the UNGA president, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said Islamabad is considering “consulting the UNSC” on Kashmir, Geo TV reported.
Pakistan’s envoys on Kashmir also urged the UN to enhance the role of its Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan and to work towards the implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir and the “fulfillment of its responsibilities.”

The envoys also said, apropos of nothing, that unrest in Kashmir, “coupled with Indian jingoism will affect United States’ interests in the region”. They didn’t quite specify how US interests would be hurt.

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