AT Monitoring Desk
KABUL: The government of Pakistan on Tuesday has sought the
UN’s urgent intervention to defuse tensions with India after it threatens to
use force against Pakistan and abandon a vital treaty following one of the
worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 40 Indian soldiers were
Earlier Tuesday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pleaded with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to intervene, saying India was threatening to “use force against Pakistan” and abandon a vital water treaty.
“It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions,” wrote Qureshi in a message shared with journalists.
Kashmir is one of the world’s most militarised zones, with some 500,000 Indian troops deployed to fight a rebellion that broke out in 1989.
Moreover, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan showed readiness to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Islamabad of harbouring the militants and vowed “the terrorist groups and their masters… have to pay a heavy price”.
Pakistan has denied involvement. Khan vowed on Tuesday that if any militant group was using Pakistani soil to launch attacks, “its enmity is with us. This is against our interest”.
Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars in connection to the dispute.