India rejects new US stance of playing role in resolving issues with Pak

RSTV Bureau

India n PakistanIndia has firmly rejected any US role in resolving the Indo-Pak issues. The Indian reaction came just hours after American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested that the Trump administration may “find its place” in efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tension.

Responding to the developments, the external affairs ministry spokesperson in New Delhi snubbed the contention, saying, “government’s position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed”.

“We, of course, expect the international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond.” He added.

Earlier, responding to a query at UN, Haley said that the current Trump regime in US is “is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward”.

Significantly, Haley’s remarks signalled an apparent change in the US stance of not engaging in Indo-Pak disputes.

A senior Indian-American member of the Trump Cabinet, Haley said she expects that the US administration is going to be in talks and try and “find its place to be a part of that (de-escalating tension)…We don’t think, we should wait till something happens”.

File photo of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Photo - facebook/CC BY 2.0

File photo of Nikki Haley.
Photo – facebook/CC BY 2.0

“We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up and so we want to see if we can be a part of that,” Haley had said replying to a question in New York.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has welcomed the US offer to help de-escalate tensions with India, saying “any positive role” America plays to bring peace and stability in South Asia can serve the region well, according to a media report today.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s envoy to Washington, termed Haley’s remarks as “positive”.

“Any positive role that the US plays to bring peace and stability in South Asia can serve the region well,” Chaudhry was quoted as saying in a report by Dawn from Washington.

On the other hand, India has consistently ruled out third-party mediation, including by the United Nations or the US, and maintained that Kashmir was a bilateral issue. Pakistan, however, welcomes international mediation and regularly raises the Kashmir issue at various UN fora.

(With inputs from PTI)