New York, (PTI) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today demanded that the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir be implemented, asserting that his country will continue to support the right of self-determination for Jammu and Kashmir.
Identifying Kashmir as the core issue with its eastern neighbor (India), Abbasi exuded confidence that the resolution will help address the contentious issue.
“I think the basic issue is Kashmir. The implementation of the Security Council resolutions will be a great starting point that will help address each other’s concerns and provide peace to the region and between Pakistan and India. That’s the core issue between the two countries,” Abbasi said at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Abbasi was responding to a question from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who sought to know from him what India and Pakistan needed to do to achieve peace.
Abbasi, who is here to attend the annual UN General Assembly session and will deliver his sppech today, asked the world community to honour and defend the fundamental right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We fully support the right to self-determination. We’ve fully supported that at every forum since 1948, and we continue to support that. And that issue should be resolved as per the UN Security Council resolutions. There are no two opinions about that. We fully support the self-determination rights of the Kashmiri people, and we ask the world community to honour and defend that,” he said.
He accused the Indian government forces of committing atrocities in Kashmir and asked the world community to take note of it.
“Indus Waters Treaty can be resolved”
New York, Sep 21 (PTI) The disputes between India and Pakistan over the Indus Waters Treaty can be resolved within the context of the agreement itself, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said.
Abbasi, who was responding to a question on the Indus Waters Treaty, said there were provisions in the treaty on how to resolve the disputes.
“It’s a legal issue now. And it can be resolved within the context of the agreement,” Abbasi said yesterday at an event organised here by the Council on Foreign Relations, a top American think-tank.
“That’s been our stance from day-one, that the issue should be resolved as per the provisions of the agreement, which are very clear. I think the World Bank also appreciates our viewpoint,” Abbasi said.
India and Pakistan held the latest round of talks on the Indus Waters Treaty on September 14 and 15 under the aegis of the World Bank that ended without any agreement.
The second round of discussions between India and Pakistan on Ratle and Kishanganga hydroelectric projects, over which Islamabad has raised objections, took place at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, amid a chill in bilateral ties.
The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between India and Pakistan with the help of the World Bank, which is also a signatory.
The World Bank’s role in relation to the “differences” and “disputes” is limited to the designation of people to fulfill certain roles when requested by either or both of the parties.