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UNGA President Might Have Got it all Wrong on Kashmir

By News18

The President of the United Nation’s General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, has said that Pakistan needs to ‘work harder to raise the issue (of Kashmir) internationally, specifically to bring it to the United Nations platform more forcefully’. (1)

The statement was issued on his arrival in Islamabad on May 27. Commenting on Bozkir’s statement Pakistani English Daily, Dawn, in its editorial on May 29, has endorsed his comments by calling ‘the Kashmir issue a major stumbling block to peace in south Asia’. (2)

Well, Pakistan and not Kashmir is the stumbling block to peace in South Asia and unless Pakistan withdraws its military and all aliens from the occupied territories of Pakistani occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (PoGB), a demand that was made in the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 47 passed on April 21, 1948.

The UN resolution clearly states that Pakistan must, ‘secure the withdrawal from the state of Jammu and Kashmir of the tribesmen and Pakistani nationals not normally resident therein who have entered the state for the purpose of fighting (3) (i.e. military forces). (4)

Earlier, in January 1948 UN resolution 39 had been adopted and United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) was established.

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