India, Pak should resolve Kashmir, UN chief tells Sharif

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan and India should address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through "dialogue".
India, Pak should resolve Kashmir, UN chief tells Sharif

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan and India should address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through "dialogue".

Ban's remarks came as Sharif handed over to him a dossier containing evidence of "human rights violations" by Indian forces in Kashmir.

"The Secretary-General stressed the need for Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue, saying it is in the interest of both countries and the region as a whole," according to a readout of Ban's meeting with Sharif provided by his spokesperson.

Ban met with Sharif here yesterday on the margins of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.

According to a statement by the Pakistan Mission to the UN, Sharif handed over to Ban the dossier containing information and evidence of alleged atrocities and human rights violations against Kashmiris.

He also showed Ban "pictures" of "innocent and defenceless" people in Kashmir "victimised through brutal use of force and atrocities."

"The Prime Minister also reiterated the imperative of an independent inquiry into the extra judicial killings and a UN fact finding mission to investigate the situation in occupied Kashmir. He emphasised that India must be urged to abide by UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir," the statement said.

Ban's office has repeatedly said that the UN Chief's good offices are available on helping resolve the Kashmir dispute only if both India and Pakistan request for it.

Meanwhile, Sharif said the indiscriminate use of pellet guns which have blinded hundreds, including women and children, is reflective of the barbaric mindset of Indian security forces.

"India also continues to resort to repressive measures such as curfews, incarceration of Kashmiri leaders and denial of medical treatment to the injured, especially those blinded and poisoned by pellet gunfire," Nawaz told the UN chief as he handed over the dossier containing details of atrocities against civilians in Kashmir and briefed him on gross human rights violations being committed in the region by Indian forces, the Dawn reported.

The dossier contained photographic evidence of Kashmiri victims of pellet guns used by forces. The UN secretary general expressed shock over the photos.

PM Nawaz emphasised that India must be urged to abide by UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and also reiterated his demand of an independent inquiry into extra-judicial killings, demanding a UN fact-finding mission be sent to investigate the situation in Kashmir.

The PM thanked the UN chief for his strong and supportive statements on the situation in Kashmir, and Ban praised Pakistan for its prominent and active role in the United Nations and its contribution for peace and security.

The PM's meeting with the UN secretary general comes after the premier addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City. (Agencies)

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