India, Pak Spar Over Kashmir At UN

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New York: The representatives of India and Pakistan on Monday exchanged heated words at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) during which Kashmir issue was raised by Pakistan.

During his address to the high-level meeting on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the world organisation, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi raised Kashmir issue and asked the global body to fulfill the commitment made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine disputes are the organization’s (UN) most glaring and long-standing disputes. The people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir still await the fulfilment of the commitment made to them by the United Nations to grant them, their right to self-determination,” Qureshi said.

Exercising India’s right to reply, First Secretary in the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN Vidisha Maitra said: Pakistan is a country which is globally recognised as the epicenter of terrorism, which by its own admission harbours and trains militants, and hails them as martyrs and consistently persecutes its ethnic and religious minorities.

We reject the malicious reference made to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. If there is an item that is unfinished on the agenda of the UN, it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism, Maitra said.

With Pakistan yet again raising the Kashmir issue at a UN platform, Maitra said India had hoped that during this solemn commemoration of a shared global milestone, the General Assembly would be spared another repetition of the baseless falsehoods that have now become a trademark of Pakistan’s interventions on such platforms .

However, for a nation that is bereft of milestones, one can only expect a stonewalled and stymied approach to reason, diplomacy and dialogue.

What we heard today is the never-ending fabricated narrative presented by the Pakistani representative about the internal affairs of India, she said.

Strongly rejecting the reference made to Jammu and Kashmir, Maitra said Pakistan “will do well to turn its attention inwards to immediately addressing these pressing concerns instead of diverting attention from them by misusing the UN platforms.

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