In the 9 September letter, Lodhi expressed “deep concern” over the alleged wall plan on a “submission” made by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, whom MEA spokesperson Swarup described as a “global terrorist”.
A wall separating nations India and Pakistan is what seems to have caught the attention of Pakistan’s officials tonight.
Senior Pakistani journalist Wajahat Khan has said that Islamabad has been left with no option but to “internationalise” the issue of Kashmir in the absence and failure of a bilateral effort by India.
He was talking to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly Session in New York.
In the two letters, Lodhi mentions that building a permanent structure i.e the wall along LoC, in the disputed area between India and Pakistan violates the UN Security Council’s resolution 47 on Jammu and Kashmir which was passed in 1948. The first letter dated September 4 states that there was no bilateral dialogue, Swarup said adding that the BSF and Park Rangers have already met. “If there is action taken by the United Nations, we will respond appropriately and if no action is taken by the United Nations it itself tells that nobody has taken the cognisance”.
Gates, Chairman Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called on the Prime Minister and discussed health projects sponsored by his foundation, said a press release issued by the Pakistan Mission.
The prime minister will address the UNGA on September 30 and will articulate the government’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood and economic development, and share with the world community Pakistan’s position and priorities on key worldwide and regional issues.
India and Pakistan claim the entire territory of Kashmir as their own, but based on an agreement in 1947, they use the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC) to divide the Himalayan region between themselves.