Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muahmmad Nawaz Sharif, urged a formalized Kashmir Truce with India on Wednesday. He was addressing the UN General Assembly currently being attended by 193 nations from around the globe. He further said that the two countries, India and Pakistan, should foster cooperation and not confrontation. In his address, he stated that the two nuclear armed countries should formalize a cease-fire in the disputed region of Kashmir. Unprovoked violations of the LoC only result in casualties and increased tension. He said, in order to bring peace to the region, resolution of the longstanding Kashmir issue was pivotal.
PM Nawaz said,
Wisdom dictates that our immediate neighbor refrains from fomenting instability in Pakistan. The two countries should address and resolve the causes of tension and take all possible measures to avert further escalation.
To this India blatantly accused Pakistan of lying and misstating the matters. Indian media went a step further and accused Pakistan of being the ‘prime sponsor of terrorism’. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took this opportunity to present India with a proposition of a new peace initiative composed of four points;
One, we propose that Pakistan and India formalize and respect the 2003 understanding for a complete ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. For this purpose, we call for UNMOGIP’s expansion to monitor the observance of the ceasefire.
Two, we propose, that Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the use or the threat of use of force under any circumstances. This is a central element of the UN Charter.
Three, steps be taken to demilitarise Kashmir.
Four, agree to an unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.
Last month, bilateral talks between India and Pakistan were scheduled and many issues were to be discussed. However, the talks were cancelled a few hours before they were to take place. Cancellation of talks have resulted in mounted tensions at the Line of Control and of course, any hope of peace has been postponed, for now. Indian Premier, Narendra Modi insists that there will be no talks between the two countries unless Pakistan admitted its role in the terrorist attacks in India. India sought to discuss terrorism in the cancelled talks while Pakistan had a bigger agenda, Kashmir issue.
Pakistan has still managed to extend a friendly hand (read: PM Sharif’s four-point peace initiative) towards India however, India’s Ministry of External Affairs made it clear that the proposal was a non-starter saying,
That in itself is crystal as to how far India is willing to go to make peace with Pakistan, resolve border tensions, and formalize a Kashmir truce.
To de-militarize Kashmir is not the answer, to de-terrorize Pakistan is.
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