Current international order is chaotic and broken: Masood

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ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that the current international order is chaotic and broken. The new world order has evolved from the traditional Westphalian system to the League of Nations and then the United Nations. The sad reality, he said, is that the rising trend is ‘exceptional-ism’ or ‘exemption-ism’ for power big powers. He said powerful countries go scot-free even if they commit major crimes; an example being India. The world has lost its ‘rule-based’ character, he said.

The President made these remarks while addressing the Margalla Dialogue 2019 organised by the Islamabad Policy and Research Institute on “Peace and Development in South Asia, Middle East, Central Asia”.

The President said that there are some fundamental postulates for conflict resolutions. This, he said, firstly includes recognizing that there is a conflict by the parties directly involved; secondly, if one or more parties don’t recognize then third party countries or the UN; thirdly, at least the United Nations must accept and recognize that there is a conflict that needs to be resolved, and lastly, he said that there should be accepted and recognized regimes for conflict resolutions.

In this context, the AJK President informed his audience that in the case of India and Pakistan, the bilateral regime – Simla Agreement, the Composite Dialogues – has broken and the nuclear deterrence acquired by the two nations has made the resolution of the Kashmir dispute intractable. This has left us to reach out to our own constituencies, the international community, global civil society, International political parties and Parliaments, he said.

President Masood Khan has said that post-1945; the west had a universalistic agenda that was thought to be the best. Right now, the situation has changed and the citadels of the new world order have a parochial agenda. China instead has also advocated a universalistic agenda based on economic development and inclusivity and emerging nations are demanding a pluralistic world order.

The AJK President said that we cannot lose any more time. As we talk about lawfare, India has been using this strategy since long, as evident from the FATF, the Security Council, the 1267 Committee and the conditions that India encourages financial institutions to attach to the economic bailouts given to Pakistan.

The session was also addressed by Dr. Muhammad Faisal, Spokesperson Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, former Law Minister and Ms. Mishaal Malik Ambassador Vice Admiral Khan Hashim Bin Siddique, President IPRI hosted the event while Ms. Maria Sultan moderated the said session. The event was attended by diplomats, leading academics, research associates and heads of think tanks.