UN rejects Pakistan's pleas to resolve Kashmir dispute

UN chief's remarks came as Sharif handed over to him a dossier with evidence of alleged human rights violations by Indian forces in Kashmir. Photograph:( Getty )

New York, United States Sep 22, 2016, 07.48 AM (IST)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon ha rejected Pakistan's repeated pleas to resolve the Kashmir dispute, Indian news agency PTI reported today. 

The UN chief has told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan and India should address their outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute, through "dialogue". His remarks came as Sharif handed over to him a dossier with evidence of alleged human rights violations by Indian security forces in Kashmir Valley. 

"The Secretary-General stressed on the need for Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue, saying it is in the interest of both countries and the region as a whole," according to a readout of Ban's meeting with Sharif provided by his spokesperson, reported PTI.

According to PTI, a statement by the Pakistan mission to the UN said that Sharif also showed Ban "pictures of innocent and defenceless people in Kashmir victimised through brutal use of force and atrocities". 

"The Prime Minister also reiterated the imperative of an independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings and a UN fact-finding mission to investigate the situation in occupied Kashmir. He emphasised that India must be urged to abide by UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir," the statement said.

In an attempt to gain international traction over the Kashmir issue, Sharif had sent out letters to the UN and Ban and had also raised the issue in all of his bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UNGA.

But in his final speech to the UNGA as UN chief, Ban made no reference to the situation the Kashmir valley and mentioned a list of global issues on the UN agenda, including the situation in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the tensions in the Korean Peninsula and the Syrian crisis. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)