New Delhi: Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the UNSC for raising the Kashmir issue at its meeting in New York, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday slammed the neighbouring country for its move and said it is trying desperately to peddle baseless allegation which lacked any credibility. Also Read - Pak Again Fails to Raise Kashmir Issue at UNSC; Members Say Bilateral Matter
“The informal closed-door meeting concluded without any outcome. Pakistan’s desperate measures to peddle baseless allegation, and present and alarming scenario, it lacked any credibility,” Raveesh Kumar said in a press briefing. Also Read - ‘Kashmir Issue Must be Resolved in Accordance With Relevant UNSC Resolutions,’ Says Imran Khan
Talking about China raising the Kashmir issue time and again at the UNSC, Raveesh Kumar stated that Pakistan various attempts are being made by Pakistan to misuse the platform. Also Read - China-Backed Pakistan Raises Kashmir at UNSC Meet, Fruitless Again as Members Say 'Bilateral Matter'
“Attempt was made by Pakistan, through a UNSC member, to misuse the platform. Overwhelming majority of UNSC was of view that the UNSC was not the right forum for such issues and it should be discussed bilaterally,” he added.
Talking about China holding informal closed-door consultation on Kashmir in UNSC, he said, “In our view, China should seriously reflect on this global consensus, draw the proper lessons and refrain from taking such action in the future.”
He further stated that the matter between India and Pakistan should be discussed bilaterally. “We hope the message has gone loud and clear to Pakistan that if at all there’s any matter between India and Pakistan that needs to be discussed, it should be done bilaterally. Pakistan has a choice to avoid this global embarrassment by refraining from such acts in future,” Raveesh Kumar added.
The statement from the MEA came after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government will continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people until they secure their inalienable right to self-determination.
Earlier in the day, India slammed Pakistan for repeatedly raising the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council with China’s help.
At the UNSC, China made the new attempt to raise the Kashmir issue under ‘other matters’ category during closed consultations in the Security Council Consultations Room.
“We once again saw an effort made by one member state of the UN, fail in plain view of all others,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said.