United Nations, September 22
In a scathing assault on Pakistan, India has stated that if there may be an “unfinished agenda” on the UN, it’s that of tackling the scourge of terrorism and the nation, a globally-recognised epicentre of the menace, which harbours and trains terrorists and hails them as martyrs.
Exercising India’s proper to answer on Monday, First Secretary within the nation’s Permanent Mission to the UN Vidisha Maitra stated: “Pakistan is a country which is globally recognised as the epicentre of terrorism, which by its own admission harbours and trains terrorists, and hails them as martyrs and consistently persecutes its ethnic and religious minorities.”
She was referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks within the nation’s Parliament the place he had termed former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as a “martyr”.
“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 stated.
As the UN member states marked 75 years of the United Nations within the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday raked up the problem of Jammu and Kashmir throughout his handle to the high-level assembly on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the world organisation.
Qureshi stated Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine had been the UN’s “most glaring and long-standing disputes” and the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir nonetheless await the fulfilment of the dedication made to them by the UN to grant them their “right to self-determination”.
With Pakistan but once more elevating the Kashmir challenge at a UN platform, Maitra stated India had hoped that in this solemn commemoration of a shared world milestone, the General Assembly could 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 stated.
Strongly rejecting the malicious reference made to Jammu and Kashmir, Maitra stated 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”. PTI