New York, Oct.1 (ANI): Delivering his address at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proposed a four-point agenda to diffuse tensions between his country and India with regard to the Kashmir issue as well as the frequent reported incidents of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Working Boundary (IWB) that separates the two nations in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Cooperation, not confrontation, should define our relationship with India. Yet today ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary are intensifying, causing civilian deaths including women and children. I want to use the opportunity today to propose a new peace initiative with India, starting with measures that are the simplest to implement,” he said.
He suggested that Pakistan and India formalise and respect the November 26, 2003 understanding for a complete ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir. For this purpose, he called for the UNMOGIP’s expansion to monitor the observance of the ceasefire.
Secondly, the Pakistan Prime Minister said both countries needed to reaffirm their resolve not resort to the use of force under any circumstances, which he added was a central element of the UN Charter.
Thirdly, Sharif proposed that steps should be taken to demilitarise Kashmir and fourth Pakistan and India should agree to an unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.
Efforts for maintaining peace between the two nations were only possible if the leaderships agreed to a broad range of measures to neutralize the threat perceptions and perils posed by offensive and advanced weapons systems.
He asserted that “Pakistan neither wants to, nor is it engaged in, an arms race in South Asia”, and added that as a responsible nuclear weapon state, it would continue to support the objectives of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
South Asia, he said, needs strategic stability, and this required serious dialogue to achieve nuclear restraint, conventional balance and conflict resolution.
Pakistan, he said, looks forward to playing its part to build a brighter era of peace and prosperity in South Asia. (ANI)