Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Munir Akram reiterated that Pakistan does not want war with India but if attacked, it will respond resolutely and effectively.
Drawing attention to India’s “aggressive intent” towards Pakistan at the United Nations, Munir Akram urged the world body to act “decisively” to prevent a war between the two countries and to enable the Kashmiri people to exercise their UN-pledged right to self-determination for peace and stability in South Asia.
Taking part in a debate at Security Council, he said Pakistan seeks to build a new structure of sustainable peace with its neighbours.
Yesterday, despite India’s efforts to curtail the funding for United Nations Military Observer Mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which monitors the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region, the General Assembly has approved a complete budget line for the peacekeeping unit.
Pakistan maintains that it has a key role in maintaining peace and stability in the region while India has been pushing the U.N. to wind up the mission.
According to the details, An important aspect of UNMOGIP is that it serves to highlight the unresolved Jammu & Kashmir dispute which is on the agenda of the Security Council and towards which the UN and the international community have an obligation.
During the negotiations in the 193-member Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which deals with economic and financial matters, the Pakistan delegation succeed in thwarting India’s concerted attempts to minimize the budget for the UNMOGIP to the extent possible, according to informed sources. As a result, the committee eventually recommended to the Assembly the retention of full financial resources for the mission.
In addition, the sources said, the Pakistan delegation, in the face of India’s objections, was able to include language endorsing UNMOGIP’s important role in maintaining international peace and security in the region. The language was endorsed by the Group of 77 (developing countries) and China and later adopted by the General Assembly. (APP)