New Delhi (PTI): Strongly rejecting Pakistan's call for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, India has…
PTI, United Nations: India has hit back at Pakistan for again raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations,
terming the country as a “fly–by-night operator” saying Islamabad “flagrantly” misuses the forum of the world body for its “territorial aggrandisement”.
Exercising the Right of Reply, minister in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Srinivas Prasad, strongly rejected remarks made by Pakistan’s envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi , in which she had said that the non-implementation of UN Security Council resolutions for a plebiscite in Kashmir is the “most persistent” failure of the UN.
“We are constrained to take the floor to exercise our Right of Reply because we have just heard one country – Pakistan – make reference to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in a rather self-serving and disingenuous attempt to bring an extraneous issue to this committee,” Prasad said during the General Debate of the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee on Saturday.Rejecting Lodhi’s comments entirely, Prasad said “Pakistan, acting like a fly–by-night operator, has attempted to flagrantly misuse the forum provided by the Committee for its territorial aggrandisement”.
He asserted that Kashmir is not on the agenda of the committee, which is focussed on decolonisation and “non-self governing territories”.
Lodhi raking up the Kashmir issue in the committee that focuses on decolonisation reflects yet another failed attempt to bring the issue on the agenda of this Committee, he said.
“The issue is rightly not on the agenda of the Committee which looks after the non-self governing territories,” Prasad said adding Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.He said “Pakistan will be well advised not to disrespect the intelligence of the Committee and abide by its agenda”.
Raising the Kashmir issue again at the UN, Lodhi had said the decolonisation agenda of the UN will remain “incomplete” without resolution of the Kashmir dispute, which is among the oldest items on the UN’s agenda.