The 71st session of the United Nations Assembly dealt with a pivotal issue which has been a point of dissent amongst South East Asia’s two arch rivals and neighboring countries i.e. India and Pakistan. Both countries claim their right over the mesmerizing valley of Kashmir and have failed to reach any solution since 1947. However, the atrocities being conducted by Indian Army in Kashmir over the past few days have raised serious concerns amongst the top leadership of Pakistan, as a result, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a strong statement in the recent session of the UN Assembly.
While India lashed Pakistan’s allegations of human right violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir and declared Pakistan a “terrorist state”, SIFY news reported,
India first secretary to UN, Eenam Gambhir declared the speech as a hypocritical sermon.
To India’s sheer dismay, speech of the Prime Minister of Pakistan has received a rather positive response from the International community.
Mr. Sharif discussed the issue of Kashmir with many countries including UK, USA, China, Turkey, and Japan.
According to The Hindu, Maleeha Lodhi tweeted,
PM Nawaz Sharif also apprised his Japanese counterpart of the human rights violations being committed by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir
Furthermore, Turkish Prime Minister also ensured Turkey’s support to Pakistan regarding the issue of Kashmir. He highlighted the fact that both Turkey and Pakistan are close allies.
Mr. Sharif’s meeting with the Chinese president also proved fruitful as the Chinese leader extended his full support to Pakistan. NDTV reports,
Chinese Premier said his country would stand with Pakistan.” “We support Pakistan and will speak for Pakistan at every forum
Not only on the diplomatic level but recent developments on the military level has also been a point of concern for India.
Arrival of Russian contingent for military training in Pakistan has allegedly greatly perturbed India. Over 200 soldiers will be undergoing the training however, Hindustan Times reports that the drill will not be held in areas of Gilgit Baltistan or any other sensitive area.
At a time when tensions between India and Pakistan are already burgeoning and conditions are rather uncertain, the support Pakistan is receiving from various ends is indeed worrying India. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also expressed keen interest in CPEC in his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Another country to join the league is Indonesia. The diplomat states,
according to state-run news agency Antara News Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Security, and Legal Affairs Wiranto discussed defense sales with the commander of Pakistan’s Armed forces.
While these radical developments have surely favored Pakistan on the diplomatic and military front, it has made India more apprehensive.
Nawaz Sharif’s successful diplomatic endeavors in New York have forced India to adopt a belligerent approach but the question remains that can Pakistan and India actually head towards a more aggressive stance.
Can the stability of the region be comprised in order to satisfy the power lust? Some pertinent questions need to be answered before deciding the sole winner of this lethal game.