Pak to Seek UN Intervention on Border Skirmishes

Pak to Seek UN Intervention on Border Skirmishes

Islamabad: Prior to the meeting between a 16 member delegation headed by Pakistan Rangers Director General Maj Gen Farooq Burki and his Indian counterpart from the Border Security Force in Delhi, Pakistan has put forth a proposal that is completely unacceptable to India.

According to highly placed sources in the Pakistan government, among the key points that will be raised by the Pakistani delegation is a demand to revive the role of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). India Today has learnt that the Pakistani side will suggest that the security forces of India and Pakistan take members of the UNMOGIP to sites where firing has taken place to establish which country was responsible for the ceasefire violation.

India Today has learnt from sources in the Ministry of External Affairs that this proposal is likely to be rejected outright by India. India believes that after the Shimla Agreement came into force in 1972, the UNMOGIP has no role in ceasefire monitoring and that all issues between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally. New Delhi believes this is part of Pakistan’s propaganda to internationalise the border dispute.

The United Nations military observers group was mandated to monitor the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in January 1949. These observers, under the command of the Military Adviser appointed by the UN Secretary-General, are headquartered in Srinagar between May and October and are based out of Islamabad between November and April. Sources in the Indian government find the Pakistani proposal perplexing since the talks are between the DGs of the forces guarding the International Boundary and even the original mandate of the UNMOGIP was limited to monitoring the ceasefire along the Line of Control and not the International Boundary.

Source: India Today