At UN General Assembly, India and Pakistan engaged in wordy duels throwing allegations at each other on Kashmir issue. There had been a hot debate on Kashmir in UN General Assembly when India approached the world body in the wake of the Pak assault on Kashmir and grabbing a part of the state which joined India after the ruler of the state Hari Singh signed the accord. These lengthy debates and resolutions passed remained unimplemented and decades passed. Then India and Pakistan came to a conclusion that the dispute should be solved through bilateral dialogue. Then agreements were signed between Pak and Indian Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttu and then in recent past between Attal Behari Vajpayee and Nawaz Shareef who signed the Lahore accord. However, Pakistan never believed in these agreements and started the policy of cross-border terrorism. India has been targeted with terror attacks for years together. This policy boomeranged and some terror organizations started targeting Pakistan itself. Global human rights organizations and media persons reported that Pakistan has been sheltering terror organizations and thus the fact became global knowledge. Of late Pakistan started raising Kashmir issue in international fora on the pretext that India was not ready to talk Kashmir. India took logical stand that bilateral and meaningful talks on Kashmir can be commenced when the cross-border terrorism was put to halt.
Against this background, the matter of Kashmir was raised by Pakistan recently at UN General Assembly. While India stated the facts, Pakistan levelled baseless allegations against India. While refuting the charges that Pakistan was harbouring terrorists, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi portrayed Pakistan as the victim of terror. He blamed that India was grossly violating human rights in Kashmir. He demanded the appointment of a special UN envoy on Kashmir. After Pak PM’s speech, the first secretary to India’s mission at UN, Eenam Gambhir on September 21, traced Pak terror activities and said the country was ‘terroristan’. In a no-holds-barred speech, she said Pakistan protected Osama bin Laden and sheltered Mulla Omer and proved beyond doubt that it is a haven for terrorists. Then came the turn of Pak permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi who said India was the mother of terrorist activities and promoting terrorism against Pakistan. She alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and spread of Hindu nationalism in India. While the world is in the know of the ground reality, these charges and counter charges can hardly impress global opinion. Maleeha Lodhi made a factual error, weakening her argument against India when she tried to pass off a picture of a Gaza girl as Kashmiri and alleging that she was the victim of pellet guns. Shushma Swaraj, the external affairs minister was most reasonable in her arguments when she asked world leaders on September 23, to introspect as to why India was recognized as global IT supper power while Pakistan is infamous as pre-eminent export factory for terror. Pakistan basically should change its policy to deal with India and stop cross-border terrorism. It is not just India but Afghanistan and Bangladesh have also put the same charge at the door of Pakistan.