Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaking at the UN General Assembly

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has proposed a four point formula to defuse tension between Pakistan and India. Addressing the UN General Assembly session in New York, he proposed that Pakistan and India formalize and respect the 2003 understanding for a complete ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir.

For this purpose, he called for UNMOGIP’s expansion to monitor the observance of the ceasefire.  Secondly, he proposed that Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the use or the threat of use of force under any circumstances. He pointed out that this is a central element of the UN Charter. Thirdly, the Prime Minister proposed steps be taken to demilitarize Kashmir. The Prime Minister also said that Pakistan and India should agree to an unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.

The Prime Minister declared that Pakistan neither wants to, nor is it engaged in, an arms race in South Asia. He added that Pakistan is the primary victim of terrorism. “The blood that has been shed – including that of our innocent children – has reinforced our resolve to eliminate this scourge from our society” Sharif said. (PBC)