India has taken a strong exception to Pakistan’s raising the issue of Kashmir at the United Nations forum. Terming it a “clear interference” in its internal affairs, the Indian Mission to the UN said that the move by Pakistan establishment to raise the issue at multiple forums in UN is “totally out of context”. Pakistan had earlier raised the issue of Kashmir during a UN General Assembly plenary session.
Making a statement in one of the Right of Replies, First Secretary in the Indian Mission to the UN Abhishek Singh suggested that Pakistan should refrain from using the Right of Reply and instead “use the right of introspection” to think about the direction in which the country is moving.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had earlier raised the issue of Kashmir during a UN General Assembly plenary session on the Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation. Ms Lodhi had claimed that the consultations with Kashmiris, who are an integral part of the Kashmir dispute, are essential to evolving such a peaceful solution.
“Calling for the termination of these consultations, as a precondition for dialogue, is unacceptable as well as counterproductive,” Maleeha Lodhi had said.
Replying to the Pakistan’s claims, First Secretary Abhishek Singh asserted that Kashmir is, has always been and will remain an integral part of India.
“It is all the more ironical that these comments come from a country which is persisting with its illegal occupation of part of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said adding that the references by Pakistan are “totally out of context and constitute a clear interference in the internal affairs of India.”
He further expressed “deep regret” that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire on a number of occasions in the past several weeks leading to loss of civilian lives on the Indian side adding that the Indian armed forces and Para-military forces have responded to these “provocations.”
Both the countries have off-late seen a freeze in their relations over the instances of repeated ceasefire violation leading to the exchange of fire at the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir. The cancellation of NSA-level talks between Ajit Doval and Sartaj Aziz further deepened the tension as Pakistan insisted on holding a meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders prior to NSA talks.
(With inputs from the PTI)