OXFORD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the world order must be rule-based and not dictated by realpolitik driven by jingoism, xenophobia and war mongering. If the international rule of law does not become the norm, the world would, once again, plunge into a catastrophic global war. He made these remarks while addressing students and faculty at the Oxford University. Shazil Malik of the Oxford University Pakistan Society introduced the President and moderated the session.
In a two-hour session that included an extended question and answers session, President Masood Khan said that the United Nations, which should be a symbol of rule-based global governance for peace and security on the basis of the Charter, has failed miserably in resolving the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
While commending the UN’s achievements in the field of sustainable development, the President said that by forsaking implementation of its decisions on Kashmir, the UN has exposed itself as a weak, ineffective body unable to “unite our strength to maintain international peace and security”.
The United Nations, the President said, is bound by Article 1 of its Charter, to “maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.”
And yet where is the United Nations on Kashmir? He asked, adding that the UN’s stony, callous silence and a totally hands-off approach on Kashmir is deepening the crisis in IOK, making it potentially the most serious threat to peace in the world. This issue, he said, requires the UN’s “collective measures” to remove India’s acts of aggression and state terrorism and take resolute steps to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with international law and its own resolutions.
The UN, the President said, should not shun its responsibility on Kashmir simply because some powerful countries, in collusion with India, want to crush and block the will of the Kashmiri people to determine their political identity and future. During the Q&A session, Sardar Masood Khan quashed rumours and fabrications about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and said that it was a win-win partnership between China and Pakistan which dates back to the 1960s. In the present phase, the two countries are taking the relationship to its logical, higher level by leveraging their economic geography. “It is a corridor, open to all, not a cul-de-sac or a silo”, he said.