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The UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan
has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and appreciated
the initiative of Prime Minister Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to send the
Minister to New Delhi to defuse the situation.
The Secretary General talked to Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on telephone yesterday and reiterated the need for the political solution of Kashmir dispute. He assured continued UN interest in the situation.
Mr. Kofi Annan appreciated the sincere views expressed by the Prime Minister and his desire to de-escalate the situation and resumption of talks with India.
The Prime Minister told about the dangerous situation caused by the unprovoked Indian military action in the Kargil sector. Referring to the use of military aircraft and helicopter gunships by India he observed that the action is unprecedented.
Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif set aside Indian
allegations of Pakistan's involvement in alleged infiltration across
the line of control and described it as a pretext to justify Indian actions.
He said India is engaged in suppressing the indigenous Kashmiri uprising
for the last ten years. In this connection Pakistan has only extended moral
support the freedom fighters who also deserve international support as they are struggling for the right of self determination as promised by the United Nations itself.
The Prime Minister has sent a message to the OIC Secretary General expressing concern at the escalated Indian military action against Kashmiri Mujahideen and incursions across the Line of Control.
In his message, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan desired that durable peace should be established in the region. He expressed the commitment to the Lahore Declaration and to the dialogue process which requires Pakistan and India to intensify efforts to resolve all issues peacefully including the core issue of Kashmir.
The UN Secretary General talked to the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee on telephone and offered to send an envoy to India and Pakistan.
The Indian Prime Minister rejected his offer and said if at all a UN envoy has to be sent, he should be sent to Pakistan.
The US Secretary of State Ms.Medline Albright also discussed on phone with the Indian External Affairs Minister the developments in Kargil. She stressed to resolve the conflict through talks.
Iran has offered to intervene in the current crisis between India and Pakistan. The Speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Akbar Nateq Nuri said in Teheran yesterday that as chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Iran is prepared to help solve the crisis between the two countries.
Several villages including Bandala Piyana in Samani valley in Azad Kashmir are being vacated and the people have started shifting to safer places in Bhimber district to escape unprovoked Indian firing. According to officials in Mirpur town of Azad Kashmir, seven people including a woman have been killed and fifteen others injured by the Indian army bombardment on the villages..................
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The UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, telephoned the Prime Minister, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and conveyed his appreciation for his initiative of offering to send Foreign Minister to New Delhi to defuse the current situation.
The Prime Minister informed the Secretary
General of the dangerous escalation
caused by the unprovoked military action by India in the Kargil
sector. He said Indian allegation of Pakistan's involvement in alleged
infiltration across the Line of Control is baseless and pretext
to justify the current escalation. India was
engaged in suppressing and
indigenous Kashmiri struggle for the last ten year.
The Prime Minister affirmed Pakistan's desire for de-escalation and the resumption of Lahore process which requires the two countries to resolve all problems including Kashmir.
The Kashmir issue is the root cause of
all tension in the region and needed
to be resolved to improve security environment in South Asia. The
Prime Minister asked the UN Secretary General
to play a role and help to
strengthen and activate the UNMOGIP and consider sending a special envoy to the region. The Prime Minister also renewed his invitation to the Secretary General to visit Pakistan.
The Secretary General expressed his concern over the deterioration in the situation and reiterated the need for a political solution of the Kashmir dispute.
He also appreciated the candid and sincere views expressed by the Prime Minister and his desire for de-escalation and resumption of peaceful dialogue. He assured the Prime Minister of his continued interest in the situation and expressed the hope that every effort will be made to defuse the crisis.
The UN Secretary General also talked to the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee on telephone and suggested and offered to send an envoy to India and Pakistan.
The Indian Prime Minister rejected his offer and said if at all a UN envoy has to be sent, he should be sent Pakistan.
At least seven persons were martyred and fifteen injured due to unprovoked Indian army shelling in village Bandala Piyana on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control in the Samni valley Sunday.
Those killed also include a woman.
An official sources in the Azad Kashmir
town of Mirpur said casualties
He said firing by Indian troops also damaged scores of houses
The Pakistan army is giving proper response to the Indian firing which was continuing when last reports came in.
At least forty Indian soldiers were killed and over one hundred and fifty others , thirty of them seriously, in continued armed clashes between Indian forces and Mujahideen in Kargil and Drass areas in Occupied Kashmir.
Indian forces in Srinagar confirmed the deaths of thirty Indian soldiers and injured to one hundred thirty others whereas dozens of the Indian soldiers are massing in kargil and Drass sectors believed to be captured by freedom fighters.
There are also reports about martyrdom of some Kashmiri Mujahideen during continued attacks by the Indian Air Force in the snow clad Kargil and Drass areas. Indian Air Force is using latest air to surface missiles in the ongoing operation against freedom fighters in the area.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar airport is still closed for all sorts of civilian traffic and being used for the fighter planes of the Indian Air Force for Kargil-Drass operation.
In occupied Kashmir, reports from Kargil say that despite four days of Indian bombing, the freedom fighters remain firmly entrenched in their positions on strategic heights and continue their actions against Indian military installations.
The Indian troops have failed to make any headway because of Mujahideens' operations. Instead, they are reported to have suffered heavy losses in men and material.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties
Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah
Gilani, addressing a big rally in Srinagar, expressed the apprehension
that ruthless use of air and land forces against Mujahideen
in Kargil might lead to nuclear catastrophe. Therefore, he
said, the imperative need was to settle
the Kashmir issue, which was
the basic cause of tension and confrontation between India and Pakistan. he urged the United Nations to intervene in view of the gravity of the situation.
Other APHC leaders, Muhammad Yaseen Malik,Maulvi Abbas Ansari and Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Butt also expressed grave concern over the Kargil situation and called for effective steps to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people.
The Afghan government has strongly rejected the Indian allegations that Taliban are fighting against Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
The Afghan Ambassador in Islamabad Moulvi Saeedur Rehman told Afghan Islamic Press that Indian government is levelling false allegations to suppress the struggle of freedom fighters against Indian yoke.
He said that Afghan government would continue to extend full political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris struggling for the right of self determination.
Pakistan has denied the Indian baseless
allegation that the pilot of Indian
aircraft was shot dead after he landed in Pakistani territory
when his plane was downed A
military spokesman dismissing the Indian claim told AFP that
claim was very ridiculous and a propaganda stunt . He said no army would shoot a captured fighter pilot who would much more valuable alive than dead. It may be recalled that immediately after the shooting down of the plane Pakistan lost no time in returning the body of the pilot.