Saturday, October 1st, 2016

UN didn’t support Pakistan on surgical strikes: Syed Akbaruddin

Narada Desk | October 1, 2016 12:04 pm Print
India further added that UN also rejected claims that the UN mission monitoring ceasefire "has not directly observed" any firing along the LoC

The United Nations did not give any resonance to Pakistan when the country approached the world body over the issue of surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, India has claimed.

India further added that United Nations also rejected claims that the UN mission monitoring ceasefire “has not directly observed” any firing along the LoC.

Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, also dismissed remarks made by secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) “has not directly observed any firing across the LoC related to the latest incidents”, which is  a reference to the surgical strikes conducted by India on September 29 targeting terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

In an interaction with media persons at the Indian Permanent Mission, Akbaruddin said the facts on the ground do not change whether somebody has “observed” it or not.

“I have nothing to say because what (Dujarric) said was ‘directly observed’. It’s a call that they have to take. I cannot place myself in their boots and directly observe something,” the Indian envoy said when asked to comment on Dujarric’s remarks.

Akbaruddin said the “facts on the ground do not change whether somebody acknowledges or not. Facts are facts, we presented the facts and that’s where we stand”.

In a bid to prevent terrorist from Pakistan soil to the country, India on Thursday carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.

When pressed at the daily press briefing to explain how UNMOGIP can say it did not observe any firing even as India said it has conducted the surgical strikes, Dujarric repeated that UNMOGIP has not “directly observed” any of the firing.

“They are obviously aware of the reports of these presumed violations and are talking to the relevant concerned authorities,” he had said.

While Pakistan has reached out to the UN Chief and the 15-nation Council over the issues of the surgical strike and Kashmir, it’s call for intervention by the world body has not found any resonance as there was no further discussion on the matter, Akbaruddin said.