New York (Web Desk) Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday told the UN General Assembly that India was actively involved in the terrorist attacks in Pakistan by providing financial assistance to the extremists.
“Kulbhushan Yadav, on the behest of the Indian government, planned terror attacks inside Pakistan,” Qureshi said while addressing the representatives of the United Nations’ 195 member states during the UNGA’s 73rd session.
Speaking in Urdu, Qureshi said Pakistan sought resolution of all the issues through a comprehensive and serious dialogue. “The Modi government wasted an opportunity for a dialogue for the third time because of their negative attitude,” he underlined.
“Post colonialism and cold war have left its imprints in the region,” he noted, adding that Pakistan would never forget the children killed in the 2014 Army Public School (APS) massacre.
The Pakistani foreign minister said his country was engaged in the war against terrorism and its army, with the support of the masses, has ended the scourge from the country.
“Peace has been restored in the cities and villages. In the years to come, we will be able to provide an economic corridor to connect western China and Central Asia with the seaport,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the biggest hindrance to peace in the region, Qureshi said, adding that the issue would not be resolved until the UN resolutions were implemented properly.
Referring to the first-ever report on Kashmir published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that had called for an international probe into the numerous violations, he said it had exposed India’s face.
“We call for the implementation on its recommendations. India cannot continue with the bloody mayhem on the pretext of terrorism for long. We will welcome a commission on occupied Kashmir.
“We hope India will do it as well,” he added, and warned that India should not test the patience of Islamabad by continuously violating the Line of Control (LoC).
The entire South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) had become dysfunctional due to the attitude of India, Qureshi lamented, adding that New Delhi promoted state-sponsored terrorism in the occupied Kashmir in front of the international community.
The foreign minister said his country was ready to hold a dialogue with its eastside neighbour to curtail the arms race between the two nuclear states.
Qureshi said Pakistan had concerns about the presence of Daesh in Afghanistan. The two neighbouring nations “have been the target of foreign power’s misunderstandings for long.
The foreign minister called climate change “a serious issue”, and said Pakistan was among those countries who were adversely being affected by the global warming. “We believe that the resolutions in the Paris conference should not be compromised for industrial interests,” he said.