Pakistan urges UNSC to push India to hold joint probe into missile incident


UNITED NATIONS, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called on the United Nations to demand from India to hold a joint investigation into a missile New Delhi said it “accidentally” fired into its territory, rejecting the Indian move to hold an internal inquiry into the March 9 incident.

“Such a serious matter cannot be addressed with the simplistic explanation proffered by the Indian authorities,” the foreign minister said in a letter addressed to UN Security Council President for March, Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh (UAE), and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in which he shared Pakistan’s concerns and demands about the violation of Pakistani airspace by India’s “super-sonic missile”.

Pakistan, he said, strongly condemns this “blatant violation” of its airspace in contravention of international aviation safety protocols. “Such irresponsible incidents are also reflective of India’s disregard for air safety and callous approach towards regional peace and stability.”

“This missile incident is consistent with India’s irresponsible conduct and deserves to be addressed by the international community and especially the Security Council, with the sense of alarm and urgency which it deserves,” FM Qureshi wrote.

The Foreign Minister’s letter is being circulated as an official document of the 15-member Council under two agenda items, “The responsibility of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security” and “The India-Pakistan Question.”

The missile, he said, not only caused damage to civilian property but also put at risk human lives on the ground in Pakistan, adding that it could have resulted in a massive accident causing civilian casualties.

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