New Delhi (PTI): Strongly rejecting Pakistan's call for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, India has…
IANS, United Nations: Pakistan’s campaign on Kashmir at the UN has fallen flat and Islamabad has been isolated
in a world focused on the horrors of terror, said senior Indian officials.
Terrorism is a primary concern for countries around the world and of about 131 countries that have spoken as of Friday morning at the UN General Assembly summit, “90 per cent” raised the issue and its dangers and 130 did not mention the issue that Pakistan raked up, Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, told reporters at the United Nations.
Answering a question about the isolation of Pakistan, he said: “Diplomacy is the art of the possible” and asked: “Are you seeing any other countries raising the issues Pakistan has?”Following a sustained diplomatic campaign, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke extensively on Wednesday at the Assembly on Kashmir.
He appealed for UN and international intervention in the state, a part of which is occupied by his country. In a bid to internationalise it, he called the Kashmir protests as an “intifada,” the Arab term used for the Palestinian uprising, but gained no traction.
He faced a pithy, three-minute rebuttal by a junior diplomat, Eenam Gambhir who raised the possibility that Pakistan may be guilty of war crimes for sponsoring terrorism as an instrument of state policy and ridiculed that country as the host of an “Ivy League” institution for terrorism education.
Sharif’s speech came four days after a terrorist attack on New York and New Jersey by a man connected with links to Pakistan and the week after the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack in New York that killed about 3,000 people.
“That kept the issue of Pakistan’s links to international terror fresh,” Gambhir, a first secretary at the Indian Mission referred to 9/11, noting that force behind the attack was found in Abottabad in Pakistan.