India accused Pakistan of “misusing” the United Nations’ platform after Islamabad raised the Kashmir issue at the 15-nation Council. Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Kajal Bhat said Pakistan “has been globally recognized as one openly supporting… terrorists as a matter of State policy”.
However, India asserted that the country “desires normal neighbourly relations with all countries, including Pakistan”, but will continue to take firm and decisive action against cross-border terrorism.
India was responding to Pakistan in the UN Security Council after Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, raked up the Jammu and Kashmir issue during the open debate on ‘Maintenance of International Peace and Security Through Preventive Diplomacy’.
“I’m constrained to take the floor once again to respond to some frivolous remarks made by the representative of Pakistan earlier today. This is not the first time the representative of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country and seeking in vain to divert the world’s attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy a free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities are turned upside down,” Kajal Bhat said.
Kajal Bhat also reiterated that Pakistan “holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN Security Council”.
“Member States are aware that Pakistan has an established history and policy of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists. This is a country which has been globally recognized as one openly supporting, training, financing and arming terrorists as a matter of State policy,” Kajal Bhat said.
Responding to Pakistan over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Kajal Bhat said the union territories “will always be an integral and inalienable part of India”. She also called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.
“I would like to be categorical about India’s position. The entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” Kajal Bhat said.
Kajal Bhat went on to say that India wants “normal neighbourly relations with all countries, including Pakistan, and is committed to addressing outstanding issues, if any, bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore declaration”.
“However, any meaningful dialogue can be held only in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence. The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere. Till then, India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to cross-border terrorism,” Kajal Bhat said.