India-Pakistan dispute finds echo in U.S.

Updated - March 28, 2016 07:42 pm IST

Published - September 26, 2015 02:24 am IST

ndia has dismissed as inconsequential two letters written by Pakistan to the U.N. saying India is avoiding bilateral engagement and unilaterally building a wall along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., Maleeha Lodhi, had written the letters earlier this month. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told presspersons in New York on Friday that India was aware of the contents of the letters, and rejected the allegations saying there was nothing in them to respond to.

“The first letter written on September 4, states there was no bilateral dialogue. After that, the BSF and Pakistan Rangers have met. So the letter contradicted itself as there was a dialogue,” Mr. Swarup said.

“The second letter about India building a wall is based on a submission made by Salahuddin [Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayeed Salahuddin], who India considers a terrorist.”

Alleging an attempt by India to convert the 197-km Line of Control between India and Pakistan “into a quasi-international border”, Ms. Lodhi had written to Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, President of the U.N. Security Council, saying India was constructing a 10-metre-high, 41-metre-wide wall along it.

Mr. Swarup said that there was nothing that India needed to do about the letters. “Has anyone taken cognisance of these letters? Has the U.N. said anything on them? If no action is taken by the U.N., that itself shows that nobody has taken cognisance.”

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