Criticising Pakistan for its repeated tactics of raking up Kashmir issue at UN platform, India strongly asserted that neighbour nation’s unabated support for the terror groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir is the main challenge to safeguard human rights of its citizens in the state. India was responding to Pakistan raising the Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly earlier last week.
“Pakistan’s continued support for terror groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir is the main challenge to protecting the human rights of our citizens in the State,” First Secretary in the Indian Mission to the UN Mayank Joshi said in the Right of Reply on Tuesday.
“In spite of this, India remains committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terror and violence,” Mr. Joshi added.
He was responding to Pakistan’s envoy to UN Maleeha Lodhi raising the Kashmir issue and right of self-determination of the Kashmiris in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee debate on rights of people to self-determination. In her statement before the committee, Lodhi had repeated Pakistan’s call for UNSC resolutions to be implemented in the state besides claiming that unless the promise of self-determination to the Kashmiri people is fulfilled, it will be difficult to establish a lasting peace and stability in South Asia.
Terming her comments as “totally out of context and baseless”, First Secretary in the Indian Mission Mayank Joshi said the misuse of the UN forum by “making tendentious references to the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a clear interference in the internal affairs of India.”
Criticising Pakistan further, visiting MP Rattan Lal Kataria said it is ironical that comments on Kashmir and self-determination “come from a country which is persisting with its illegal occupation of part of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir and consistently denying human rights of the occupied territory.”
“Pakistan should first stop human rights violations in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir and ensure the right of self-determination for the victims before sermonizing others on it,” Mr. Kataria said in his statement.
(With inputs from the PTI)