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Kashmir is bilateral issue: Salman Khurshid

Posted on Jan 22, 04:42PM | IBNS

Kashmir is a bilateral issue and India would not allow any third party intervention, said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid here on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters here in reaction to a question on UN role in Kashmir, Khurshid said: "Let us handle the issue bilaterally."
"India will not allow third party involvement and expect Pakistan to handle the issue bilaterally," he averred.

Earlier reports said at an UN Security Council open debate on peacekeeping, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani claimed itself a proud participant in peacekeeping missions and the role in India-Pakistan border peacekeeping in Kashmir.

Jilani reportedly said that "Pakistan is also host to one of the oldest UN peacekeeping missions - the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and the same has played an important role in monitoring peace along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir".

In reaction, India's Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri rejected the Pakistan claim and suggested that the resources employed along LoC be used elsewhere in difficult economic terms.

Notably, India and Pakistan are sparring over the border skirmishes recently that left two Indian soldiers dead, including severing of head of one jawan by Pakistan.