Pakistan gives Ban dossier on Indian ‘interference’, Kashmir spat on at UNGA

United Nations, Oct 2 (IANS) Dossiers about alleged Indian “interference” in Pakistan have been handed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said on Thursday as the Kashmir controversy spilled into the second day at the General Assembly.

The dossiers were handed over to Ban by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi, Aziz told reporters here, asserting the dossiers related to, what he said, were India’s “interference” in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Karachi.

Pakistani media reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had told reporters Wednesday that he wanted to personally hand over the dossiers to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi if he had had an opportunity to meet him. Their contact was restricted to a wave at a meeting on peacekeeping convened by US President Barack Obama on Monday.

Aziz said that Pakistan had spoken to foreign ministers of 15 countries about what he said were India’s ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, India-Pakistan exchanges at the General Assembly continued for a second day Thursday. Exercising its right of reply to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s address accusing Pakistan of carrying out cross-border terrorist attacks and allowing the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind to operate freely, a Pakistani diplomat told the General Assembly on Thursday that India was using the “terrorism bogey” to prolong the the Kashmir conflict.

He said that India should implement a Security Council resolution that wanted a plebiscite in Kashmir and that it would be at the top of the list in any discussions with India.

India however maintains that a plebiscite was no longer relevant because the Kashmiri people had voted through elections for being a part of India. The diplomat cited claims by human rights organisations that 6,000 mass graves had been found in Kashmir and said the Indian troops should be withdrawn from there.

He claimed that India did not condemn terrorism in Pakistan, which he said India considered acceptable.

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