Pakistan has again blamed India for interfering in its internal matters and supporting terrorism. Pakistan Prime Minister’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz made the accusation against India while again raising the Kashmir issue in New York on Friday.
“Kashmir was among the oldest unresolved international disputes at the UN forum,” Aziz said on Friday while speaking at the annual coordination meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in New York.
Aziz accused Indian security forces of human rights violations and ceasefire violations and said it was regrettable that instead of responding to Pakistan’s goodwill gesture, India was “interfering” in its internal matters and supporting terrorism.”
“Instead of responding to Pakistan’s gesture of goodwill, the Indian side was not only interfering in Pakistan’s internal matters but was also supporting terrorism inside Pakistan,” the official release said.
Aziz asked OIC member states to pressurize India to end its repression of Kashmiris and to come to the negotiating table for peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir, said the press release.
According to Aziz, the denial of right of self-determination to Kashmiri people continues to stain the collective conscience of the international community.
“He clarified that elections held under foreign occupation could not be a substitute to the exercise of right to self-determination under a UN plebiscite,” the release said.
The meeting, convened on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, was chaired by Foreign Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah and attended by Foreign Ministers of OIC member states.
The meeting also adopted reports of the various OIC Contact Groups, including the one on Jammu & Kashmir which reaffirmed the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people in accordance with UNSC resolutions.
Aziz’s speech comes a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Pakistan to give up terrorism in her address at the UNGA.
Both countries exercised the Right of Reply to respond to each other’s statements at the UNGA. The allegations began with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s address at the UNGA, where he accused India of hindering the peace process in Kashmir and suggested a 4-point peace agenda.
(With inputs from PTI)