Mediate on Kashmir, prevent Pak-India war; Dal Khalsa to UN

Jalandhar, March 02, 2019 (PPI-OT): Dal Khalsa, an Amritsar-based Sikh organization, has urged the United Nations to intervene and end hostilities between the two nuclear countries India and Pakistan as the entire region is under threat. Dal Khalsa spokesman in a statement issued in Jalanhar urged the World Body to convene a special session of the General Assembly on Kashmir dispute for its permanent resolution.

He said, “With concerns about the worsening geo-political situation in South Asia in view of the Indo-Pakistan drumming of war, we have approached the UN and Security Council members.” Dal Khalsa President, Harpal Singh Cheema, in a letter to the U Chief, Antonio Guterres, said, “We are concerned about Punjab being converted into a theatre of war by the two countries. The Sikh people and Punjabis want the rhetoric to stop and also a political resolution to the Kashmir dispute and disputes in India including Punjab.”

Calling for immediate intervention of the UN, the Dal Khalsa communiqué has argued that merely asking for restraint will not help till there is a serious attempt for resolution of the disputes. The copy of the letter addressed to UN was also sent to high commissions of five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, China, Russia, France and UK for intervention and meditation at the earliest.

The letter further reads that both sides have already opted for limited adventure in the form of air strikes. “This is the first step towards war. Irresponsible statements by Indian leaders on whose minds impending Parliament elections are high and ultranationalist coverage by media is vitiating the atmosphere. This does not bode well for peace in the region,” Cheema added.

Dal Khalsa leader said UN peace-keeping forces need to be stationed on the Line of Control in Kashmir and international border in Punjab to diffuse the charged atmosphere and heightened tension between the two countries.

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