UN chief agrees to play role of honest broker: Maleeha

UN chief agrees to play role of honest broker: Maleeha

NEW YORK: Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi said that the new United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has agreed to play the role of an "honest broker" to deescalate tensions between India and Pakistan.

After her meeting with the UN secretary-general, she said that Pakistan welcomed the decision. The UN secretary-general appreciated Pakistan's war against on terrorism and the country's role in peace missions, she said, adding that Pakistan was one of the three biggest contributors to the UN in its peace missions.

Pakistan on Friday handed over a dossier - carrying evidence of Indian subversive activities within its territory - to Antonio Guterres, according to the Foreign Office.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said the dossier was handed over to the UN head, along with a letter by Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz.

The dossier contained confessional statement of Kulbhushan Yadav - an on-duty Indian navy officer working for RAW who was caught from Balochistan last year - related documents and evidence of Indian interference in Balochistan.

The video evidence of an Indian navy submarine sneaking into Pakistani waters on November 18, 2016 was also made part of the dossier. The dossier also included information that proved links between terrorists and Indian intelligence officials - working under diplomatic cover at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Pakistan, in the said dossier, urged the United Nations to stop India from continuing its efforts to destabilise Pakistan. India has a history of fanning terrorism in Pakistan, by sponsoring terrorist outfits in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi.

Kulbhushan Yadav, a RAW operative and an on-duty Indian navy officer, was arrested by Pakistani intelligence agencies from Balochistan in March 2016.

During preliminary investigations, the undercover Indian agent had revealed that his main agenda was to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through propaganda and to create disharmony among Baloch nationalist political parties. On November 18, 2016, the Pakistan Navy checked an Indian submarine sneaking into Pakistan's territorial waters, apparently spying on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.