India rejects Pak’s comments on J&K at the 75th UNGA, asks it to mind its own problems
The Indian delegation underlined that Pakistan as a country is globally recognised as an epicentre of terrorism
Calling it ‘another repetition of baseless falsehoods,’ India has once again rejected Pakistan’s claims that Kashmir is one of the long-standing issues in the United Nations (UN) and asked Pakistan to look at its unfinished task of tackling terrorism instead.
In a befitting reply to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s comments at the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly, calling Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine as the longest standing issues, the Indian delegation, especially, First Secretary Vidisha Maitra called out Pakistan’s own failure to tackle terrorism in its own land.
Using its ‘Right to Reply’, India said on Tuesday, “If there is an unfinished agenda at the UN, it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism. Pakistan is a country which is globally recognised epicentre of terrorism.” - India’s Right of Reply at the UN.”
The Indian Permanent Mission at the United Nations later tweeted about the same.
“If there is an unfinished agenda at the UN, it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism. Pakistan is a country which is globally recognised epicentre of terrorism.”— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) September 22, 2020
- India’s Right of Reply at the UN
According to several media reports, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a video message, had said, “The organisation is only as good as its member states wish it to be. The Jammu & Kashmir and Palestine disputes are the organisation’s most glaring and long-standing disputes. The people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir still await fulfilment of the commitment made to them by the UN to grant them their right to self-determination.”
Terming the UN as ‘a talk shop,’ he said, “Today, the UN is derided as a talk shop. Its resolutions and decisions are flouted. International cooperation, especially in the Security Council, is at its lowest.”
To which India replied and said, “Another repetition of the baseless falsehoods that have become a trademark of Pakistan’s interventions. A nation bereft of milestones!”
Another repetition of the baseless falsehoods that have become a trademark of Pakistan’s interventions. A nation bereft of milestones!— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) September 22, 2020
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Vidisha Maitra said that the Indian delegation had hoped that during a “solemn commemoration of shared global milestone, the General Assembly would be spared another repetition of baseless falsehoods that have now become a ‘trademark of Pakistan’s interventions’ on such platforms.”
In a scathing reply to Pakistan’s baseless comments, she said, “for a nation that is bereft of milestones, one can only expect a stonewalled and stymied approach to reason, diplomacy and dialogue.”
Pakistan has always interfered in the internal matters of other nations, pointing out which Maitra said, “What we heard today is the never-ending fabricated narrative presented by the Pakistani representative about the internal affairs of India. We reject the malicious reference made to the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, which is an integral part of India.”
The Indian delegation also underlined that Pakistan as a country is globally recognised as an epicentre of terrorism, which by its own admission harbours and trains terrorists and hails them as martyrs.
Maitra said, “If there is an item that is unfinished on the agenda of the UN it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism. 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.”
The Indian delegation asked Pakistan to mind and rectify the problems that are mushrooming in its own territory instead of diverting attention to the other nations misusing the UN platforms.
Pakistan has time and again tried to malign India’s image at the global platforms by falsely accusing it of fomenting terrorism on Pakistan’s soil. In its attempts, recently, Pakistan tried to portray two Indians, Angara Appaji and Gobinda Patnaik, as terrorists at the UN Security Council but failed as UNSC rejected its plea and put a full stop on its efforts.