India denounces Pak’s cry for plebiscite in J&K

RSTV Bureau
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FILE: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Photo – PTI

The Union of India has strongly denounced Pakistan’s call for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. Categorically asserting that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country and its citizens have time and again chosen a democratically-elected state government as well as the Union governments, India rejected Pakistan’s stand of raising the issue of plebiscite at the UN platform.

The Pakistan establishment had once again raked up the issue on Wednesday at the global conference of parliamentarians in United Nations in New York.

“Pakistan must know that this is the platform of the Inter-Parliamentary Union where the 2030 development agenda is being discussed,” Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told a news agency in New York rejecting Pakistan raising the issue at UN platform.

Sumitra Mahajan, who is also at the UN for the event, added that the Pakistan representative’s remarks on the issue in the UN are “totally irrelevant”.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Pakistan establishment pitched another plebiscite cry at the United Nation’s platform after the Acting Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Murtaza Javed Abbasi said, “It is time to enable them to exercise these rights through an independent and impartial plebiscite under the United Nations, paving the way for a sustainable peace and development”.

“The Kashmiri people have waited for too long for their just and inalienable right to self determination,” Javed Abbasi had added further in his speech.

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FILE: An old women helped by the locals and polling officials during one of the elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Photo – PTI

Dismissing Pakistan’s claims, Ms Mahajan said Jammu and Kashmir has been an integral part of India since independence and elections have been held in the state for the past many years.

“Pakistan should keep in mind that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have voted to elect their state government. What can be more democratic than this,” the Lok Sabha Speaker said strongly rejecting Pakistan’s call for a plebiscite.

The Presiding Officer of the Lower house of the Parliament further added that Pakistan is trying to make an issue out of a non-issue by bringing up Jammu and Kashmir at every platform of the UN.

“They are ignoring the realities on the ground. This (Jammu and Kashmir) is not an issue for the UN. They are making a non-issue an issue but they will not get success,” Sumitra Mahajan said.

Incidentally, Pakistan establishment has raised the issue of plebiscite at the time of spike in the tension between the two countries. In the last few months, India and Pakistan have witnessed strain in the relations due to repeated firing and shelling on the International Border and Line of Control. Even the talks at the level of National Security Advisors (NSA) of the two countries were called-off late last month.

(With inputs from the PTI/agencies)