Sharif raises J&K plebiscite at UN; India firmly rejects it

RSTV Bureau
Photo courtesy: UN

Photo courtesy: UN

Strongly asserting that Jammu & Kashmir has always been an integral part of India, the Government of Indian once again dismissed Pakistan’s suggestion for holding a plebiscite in the state. The Union government on Monday lent their reaction to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday. Mr. Sharif had once again sought for holding a plebiscite in the state.

“Kashmir is an internal issue. It is an integral part of India,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the press in New Delhi.

Last year too, Nawaz Sharif had raked up the subject at the UN evoking a strong reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where the latter had even protested to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying that raising bilateral issues on such a platform was not the way to resolve them.

Kiran_rijijuBack in New Delhi, the central government also accused Pakistan establishment for allowing its land to be used for terror activities.

“Our issue is terrorism and how Pakistan’s land is used for terror acts directed against India,” MoS Home Rijiju said.

Nawaz Sharif had met Ban before his speech to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the United Nations on Sunday. According to the Pakistan mission, Sharif urged the Secretary General to play a role in defusing tension between Pakistan and India and to help end alleged violations at the Line of Control.

During the same meeting, Sharif had called for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on the Kashmir dispute and holding of plebiscite to determine the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Meanwhile, UN General Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on his part, stressed on the need for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve tension between them.

(With inputs from the PTI)