New Delhi, June 26: India on Tuesday snubbed Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for making a reference of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir saying that it (J&K) is an integral and inalienable part of the country and no amount of “empty rhetoric” will change this reality. “I’d like to place on record that J&K is an integral & inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, First Secretary during right to reply at UNGA, said. Also Read - DDC Election in Jammu And Kashmir: Polling Underway Amid Tight Security, 296 Candidates in Fray For 43 Constituencies
India further slammed Pakistan for spreading lies about Kashmir and its continuous anti-India agenda and said, “One delegation has yet again misused the platform to made an unwarranted reference to the Indian state of J&K.” The Indian delegation’s remarks came at UNGA General Debate on the responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity. Also Read - PM Modi Visits Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad to Review COVID Vaccine Development | SII, Bharat Biotech Next on Itinerary
Pakistan earlier this month had said that the reference to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in a UN report on alleged human rights violations should in no way be construed to create a “false sense of equivalence” with Kashmir. On a related note, the UN, earlier this month, had released its first-ever report on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir and PoK and demanded an international probe into it.
New Delhi had strongly objected to the terminology used by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and the author of the OHCHR report, which is titled “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan“.
The United Nations’ first-ever report on rights violations in Kashmir is completely driven by a biased and personal agenda of a discredited outgoing official, openly flouting all norms of multilateral engagement, an official said. While the terrorist organisations such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) have been designated as “terrorist outfits” by the United Nations, they have not been called the same in the human rights report on Kashmir.
Even though the Indian government has been trying to assert its stand on Jammu and Kashmir, former Union Minister Arun Shourie took a dig at it saying that it was a “one-trick horse” with no policy either on Kashmir or Pakistan.
“There is no government and no policy regarding Kashmir or Pakistan or even the banks … What we have is a one-trick horse that only knows how to divide the Hindus and Muslims of this country,” he said at the launch of the book “Kashmir: Glimpses of History…” penned by senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz.
With agency inputs