Deletion of Kashmir from UN list resented

Raising objections over reported exclusion of Kashmir from the list of long-pending international disputes by the United Nations, separatists here on November 15 argued that UN can't shrug its responsibility.

Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asked secretary general Ban Ki Moon to clarify UN position on the issue since its security council had adopted 18 resolutions on Kashmir. "I think there is some technical mistake. Otherwise, it isn't possible to drop Kashmir from the list".

He added UN can't shrug its responsibility, particularly since its military observers group was stationed on both the sides of Line of Control. "In such a scenario, it is highly impossible for the UN to drop Kashmir".

"Dropping of Kashmir from the list was a mistake committed inadvertently. Pakistan too has lodged a complaint that has been accepted", said Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He added there was no question of UN backing out on Kashmir.

Chairman of the United Jihad Council (UJC), Syed Salahuddin, on November 15, regretted that the UN Security Council had excluded Kashmir from the list of disputed issues. He termed it as a failure of Pakistan's diplomacy. "Pakistan government should use all its sources and mobilize its diplomatic channels to ensure that Kashmir issue not only exists permanently on the UN agenda but is also discussed every time".

Salahuddin said the Kashmir issue was a creation of Britain and it was its moral obligation to take a lead in trying to resolve it. "But it is regrettable and condemnable that the UNSC has dropped it from the list of disputed issues despite the fact that Britain is presiding over it (UNSC)".

It was reported that United Nations has removed Jammu and Kashmir including Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the list of unresolved disputes. The omission was seen as a big setback to Pakistan and Kashmiri separatists who have been demanding intervention of world body to resolve the 63-year-old dispute.

Pakistan’s acting envoy after noticing omission of Jammu and Kashmir from the UN list immediately lodged a protest whereas India welcomed it. Later on, on November 16 the UNO clarified that Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains on its agenda and rejected such media reports as "inaccurate".

A spokesman for the Pakistan Mission clarified that Pakistan's Acting Ambassador Amjad Hussain Sial, in his speech to General Assembly on November 12, had referred to omission of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in a statement by the President of Security Council and not from Council's Annual Report, as reported in a section of press.

It was reported that agenda item entitled, 'India and Pakistan Question' that covers Jammu and Kashmir dispute is duly mentioned in the Annual Report of the Security Council and is also present on its agenda. It was further reported that 15-member Council's President for the current month, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, while presenting the Annual Report to 192-member assembly didn't mention Kashmir dispute in context of unresolved long-running situations, despite the fact that decades-old issue is included in its Annual Report.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2010 on page no. 15

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