In his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accused India of spreading terrorism in Kashmir; he urged the UN to appoint a special envoy in the terror-stricken area.
Further accusing India of indulging in terror activities against Pakistan, Abbasi warned of a “matching response” if it “ventures across the LoC (Line of Control)” or acts upon its doctrine of “limited war” against Pakistan.
Abbasi was quoted as saying:
The Kashmir dispute should be resolved justly, peacefully and expeditiously. As India is unwilling to resume the peace process with Pakistan, we call on the Security Council to fulfil its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.
To this end, the UN secretary general should appoint a special envoy on Kashmir. His mandate should flow from the longstanding but unimplemented resolutions of the Security Council.
Talking about the recent ceasefire violations across the border, Abbasi further alleged India of having indulged in over 600 ceasefire violations since the beginning of this year despite Pakistan showcasing utmost restraint on all occasions:
But if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of limited war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response.
Furthering his anti-India rhetoric, Abbasi said that the legitimate struggle for self-determination of the commoners of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be “brutally suppressed by India’s occupation forces”. In fact, the Pakistan PM mentioned India as many as 14 times and Kashmir nearly 17 times in his speech.
Claiming that Pakistan had been facing hostility from its eastern neighbors since Day 1 after its independence in 1974, the PM further said:
India refuses to implement the unanimous resolutions of the UN Security Council, which mandate a UN supervised plebiscite to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to freely decide their destiny.
Instead, India has deployed nearly 700,000 troops in occupied Kashmir to suppress the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination. This is the most intense foreign military occupation in recent history.
He also accused India of violating the pact signed in Geneva Conventions, saying:
Shotgun pellets have blinded and maimed thousands of Kashmiris, including children. These and other brutalities clearly constitute war crimes and violate the Geneva Conventions.
While wrapping up his speech, Abbasi demanded an international investigations into the alleged atrocities committed by India over the innocent Kashmiris and secure the punishment of those “responsible of human rights violation”.
Abbasi also mentioned that despite such hostility between the two countries, Pakistan is open to resuming a comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues, especially Kashmir and discuss measures to maintain peace and security in the region:
This dialogue must be accompanied by an end to India’s campaign of subversion and state sponsored terrorism against Pakistan, including from across our western border.