January 2020 News

Reflect on global consensus, don’t raise Kashmir issue: India to China

16 January 2020
Times of India
Sachin Parashar
New Delhi: After discussions on Kashmir at UNSC once again ended without an outcome, India on Thursday pointedly asked China to "reflect on the global consensus" that India and Pakistan resolve all outstanding issues bilaterally and refrain from raising the Kashmir issue at the forum. With China’s third attempt to embarrass India at the behest of its ally Pakistan running aground, India said it was time Beijing drew "proper lessons" as most UNSC member-states, including UK and Russia, agreed during discussions on bilateralism as the way forward in addressing India-Pakistan issues. The ministry of external affairs also directed some advice at Islamabad, saying, "Pakistan can avoid this global embarrassment time and again by putting their energy in something constructive." UK’s role, in fact, was a revelation as, according to officials, there was a discernible change since last August when it had disappointed India. As an official source said, UK permanent representative Karen Pierce at least twice intervened in favour of the argument that India and Pakistan address the issue bilaterally. China has been looking to rake up Kashmir since India’s decision to revoke the special status of JK. "Pakistan’s practice of using false pretenses to distract from addressing the malaise that afflicts it has run its course today," said India permanent representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar here said China should draw proper lessons and refrain from taking such action in future, adding an effort was made by Pakistan through a member of the UNSC to again "misuse the platform of UNSC" for discussing a bilateral matter. Majority of the UNSC members were of the view that the Council is not the right forum for such issues and this should be discussed bilaterally between India and Pakistan, he said.