India rebukes UN chief’s Kashmir mediation offer

UN Secretary General António Guterres

ISLAMABAD – Mudasser Chudhary: Hours after United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated his offer to mediate on Kashmir dispute on Sunday, India rejected the offer, saying that “there is no role or scope for third party mediation” on the issue.

               Speaking at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi a day earlier, Guterres – who is on a four-day visit to Pakistan – had stated he had provided his places of work and became ready to help if both nations agree for mediation.” Discussing relations between the two arch-rivals, he pressured the want for de-escalation, each militarily and verbally.

               According to The Hindu, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reputable spokesperson said, “The problem of [Jammu and Kashmir] that desires to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by means of Pakistan. Further troubles, if any, could be discussed bilaterally. There is no position or scope for third party mediation.”

               On Sunday, Guterres, while discussing Pakistan and India’s relations, had said: “We have taken position about the need for Security Council’s resolutions to be implemented for powerful de-escalation.”               

Talking about occupied Jammu Kashmir and tensions alongside the Line of Control, the United Nation chief Guterres stated he was “deeply concerned” and had “again and again confused the importance of workout maximum restraint”.