Pakistan, India trade dossiers against each other with the United Nations

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received a dossier from Pakistan which accuses India of stoking “terrorism” in Pakistan, a day after India provided a dossier to some UN Security Council (UNSC) members accusing Pakistan of attempting attacks on the India administered Kashmir.

The tit-for-tat moves come ahead of India joining the 15-member council for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021.

Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram accused India of violating international law, the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions, by sponsoring “terrorism”.

He said Pakistan called on Guterres and the international community “to take note of Indian terrorism and subversion against Pakistan and to prevail on India to desist from these illegal and aggressive activities.”

Meanwhile, the Indian spokesperson to the United Nations in New York denied the charges.

“Pakistan can cry hoarse from the rooftops. But they cannot change the fact that they are the epicentre of terrorism,” the spokesperson said. “Their lies have no takers.”

India’s permanent representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, dubbed it “dossier of lies” that enjoyed “zero credibility”.

Earlier this month, Pakistan’s foreign minister and military spokesperson released details of what they termed “India’s state sponsorship of terrorism”, alleging the Indian government and intelligence agencies were funding the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and ethnic Baloch armed separatist groups that conducted attacks on Pakistani soil.

The exchange of such allegations between the two South Asian countries is common, but the difference this time is that Pakistan’s accusations includes names of alleged Indian intelligence agents, dates of alleged meetings, audio clips of purported intercepted phone conversations and documentation of bank transfers.

India said on Monday four rebels, belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad, made their way into Kashmir through a tunnel last week and opened fire when their truck was stopped for a routine inspection.

Pakistan has rejected allegations of any involvement in the alleged attack.