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J&K: UN chief's stand on mediation tight slap for Pak, terrorists in Kashmir
News Analysis
1/23/2018 11:37:04 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Jan 23: UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday showed Pakistan its right place by ruling out any "mediation" to resolve the Jammu & Kashmir issue. He said that UN will never mediate "unless all parties (read India and Pakistan) agree to it".
"The Secretary-General would encourage both sides to address any outstanding issues through dialogue," he said, adding that he would not intervene on his own.
The relations between the nations are strained following series of attacks by Pakistan-based terror groups and incidents of ceasefire violations, causing casualties and migration of 1000s of border people in Jammu province.
What the UN chief said could be construed as a tight slap for Pakistan and its agents in Kashmir, besides parties like the National Conference, considering the fact that they had been repeatedly urging the UN to intervene and help resolve the "Kashmir issue".
By resolution they mean separation of Jammu & Kashmir from India and its merger with Pakistan. Pakistan and separatists in Kashmir are on the same page as far as their stand on the state is concerned.
As far the NC and other Kashmir-based "mainstream" parties, including the ruling PDP, they do not directly talk of the separation of Jammu & Kashmir from India, but insist on India-Pakistan composite dialogue as the only methodology which could lead to the resolution of the 70-year-old issue. They have been recommending resumption of talks between the two nations knowing it full well that the Pakistan's single-point agenda is to grab Jammu & Kashmir and its precious waters and convert the state into a launching pad to further weaken the rest of the country.
Ironically, all the Kashmir-based "mainstream" political parties, including the Congress, the NC and the PDP, hold India and Pakistan equally responsible for the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley.
By ruling out any mediation, the UN chief has only upheld the Indian stand. New Delhi is opposed to any third-party intervention in resolving the Jammu & Kashmir issue while Pakistan has continuously raked up the issue at the UN and insisted that it must discharge its duty by implementing the UN resolutions on the state.
Now that the UN has upheld the India stand on mediation, it is time for New Delhi turn its attention to the three unanimous parliamentary resolutions on the political and constitutional status of Jammu & Kashmir and take all the necessary steps to retrieve the Jammu & Kashmir territories which have been under the illegal occupation of Pakistan since 1947-1948. New Delhi has to go aggressive if it is to bring Pakistan to its knees; policy of reaction has failed to deter Pakistan as is evident from what it has been doing all along the LoC and International border for many days now.
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