It is not the first time that Pakistan has raised the ‘K’ issue but this time India lashed out at the country in the most scathing attack at the United Nations (UN) calling it a “misuse” of the platform provided by the UN for a high-level thematic debate on Human Rights.
India’s permanent envoy to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said: “Regrettably, earlier today we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination.”
Akbaruddin added by saying: “Pakistan, is the same country whose track record has failed to convince the international community to gain membership of the Human Rights Council in this very Session of the UNGA. The international community has long seen through such designs. Cynical attempts, like the one this morning therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations.”
It has also been known that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair a special Cabinet session on Friday to discuss the Kashmir issue.
This entire incident comes at a time when Pakistan has called the killing of Burhan Wani a brazen violation of Human Rights. But there is also another background that is worth mentioning here. On December 25, 2015 Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended an unprecedented hand of friendship towards Pakistan by making a quick stopover at Lahore to wish Sharif on his birthday.
After this show of respect and gratitude, both the countries had decided to work together in a consorted effort to end terrorism.
But as they say, “Old habits die hard”. In a similar way provocations from Pakistan’s side saw no end. Right after the killing of Burhan Wani, who was planning an attack in Kashmir, a video surfaced showing Hafiz Saeed holding a meet in the memory of Wani. And the ground on which Saeed was standing was none other than Pakistan.
India has time and again tried to hold bi-lateral talks with Pakistan but in vain. It seems that the country is interested to join hands with India only if Kashmir is handed over to them. Pakistan’s constant cribbing for Kashmir time and again has been taking shape in the form of terrorist attacks in India. This way, India will be left with no other option but to draw away from the friendship.
Today’s verbal attack should send a message to Pakistan that if India is liberal then it is not that we are left with no other option. Several windows of opportunities have been opened for Pakistan by the Narendra Modi government in the last two years only to come to a conclusion and end the policy of “bleeding India through a thousand cuts”.
Akbaruddin correctly pointed out on Wednesday that “We have multifaceted interests. We have a whole array of interests at the UN, we will pursue that” adding that Pakistan uses terrorism as a “state policy”.