By Arul Louis
United Nations, Aug 14 (IANS) While stressing direct dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, whose country is the President of the UN Security Council, said on Tuesday that his ambassador will likely hold consultations on a request from Pakistan to take up the Kashmir issue.
Czaputowicz told reporters, "We are in favour of dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out the differences."
"Today in the morning I was informed that the Security Council received the letter from the Ambassador of Pakistan. I think that the Security Council will discuss the issue and (take a) proper decision on how to proceed," he said.
Poland's Permanent Representative Joanna Wronecka "will probably start consultations" about the request with other Council members, he added.
Pakistan had asked the Council to hold a briefing on the Kashmir issue.
Czaputowicz said that he had had phone conversations with India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
He said, "We expressed concern over the current tension between India and Pakistan resulting from the proposed change in the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Poland believes that the dispute can only be resolved by peaceful means."
"As a non-permanent member of the Security Council, Poland stands ready to engage in preventing actions affecting the security situation," he said, adding, "We hope that both countries can work out the differences and find a beneficial solution. The strained relations between India and Pakistan negatively affect the South Asia region and may lead to serious political and economic consequences."
Czaputowicz said Poland fully supported the stand of the European Union (EU) and the statement issued by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini.
The EU statement reaffirmed its support for a bilateral resolution of the dispute between India and Pakistan.
An EU statement issued after she had spoken on Thursday with Jaishankar and Qureshi said, "The European Union supports a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, which remains the only way to solve a long-lasting dispute that causes instability and insecurity in the region."
It added, "In both calls, she underlined the importance of avoiding an escalation of tensions in Kashmir and in the region. To this end, dialogue between India and Pakistan through diplomatic channels is crucial."
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New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) Effectively seeking to end the tenure of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman Ajay Tyagi, the Finance Ministry has in a quiet move called for applications to fill up the post.
An order dated January 24 has been issued by the Economic Affairs Division of the Finance Ministry titled, "Filling up the Post of Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India".
The order invites applications for filling up the post of SEBI Chairman. The Chairman will receive a consolidated pay of Rs 4.5 lakh per annum as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission, the recommendations of which were accepted by the government in 2016.
The Chairman shall hold office for not more than 5 years and shall not hold office beyond 65 years, whichever is earlier.
Applications are to reach by February 10 with annual confidential reports of five years, integrity certificates, vigilance certificates and no penalty certificates.
It may be pointed out that February 10, 2017 is the date when Tyagi was appointed SEBI Chairman by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for a five year term. February 10 is also the date when new applications are being invited, exactly three years into Tyagi's term.
At that time, Tyagi was Additional Secretary, Finance Ministry. He is an IAS officer of the 1984 batch of the Himachal Pradesh cadre.
However, soon after his appointment, the government had curtailed his tenure by two years, barely a week after his name was cleared to succeed the incumbent UK Sinha with a five-year term.
Tyagi's term was fixed for an initial period of three years.