Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue At UN, India Calls It Diversion

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Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi devoted a significant part of her speech to Kashmir at the committee dealing with decolonisation on Monday.

UNITED NATIONS (IANS) — Pakistan has again tried to raise the Kashmir issue into a General Assembly debate, but India refused to be drawn into a “distraction” from the agenda set for the meeting.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi devoted a significant part of her speech to Kashmir at the committee dealing with decolonisation on Monday.

The Minister in India’s Permanent Mission, Srinivas Prasad, who spoke later said in his scheduled speech, “We reject the efforts of the delegation of Pakistan to bring issues which have never been on the agenda of this Committee ever in its history.”

“We-consider it a diversion from the agenda and as a distraction not worthy of a response,” Prasad added.

Kashmir is not considered a colony or a non-self-governing territory by the UN.

“Even as all those who have taken the floor have focused on issues of these Non Self-Governing Territories, a solitary member State, as usual, has ventured to plough a lonely furrow contrary to the onward march of history,” Prasad added.

Lodhi said that UN’s decolonisation agenda would remain “incomplete” without resolving the Kashmir issue. Pakistan came back again after Prasad’ speech with Saima Sayed, a counsellor at Pakistan’s UN Mission, harking back to the 1948 Security Council resolution on Kashmir while exercising Pakistan’s right of reply.

India did not use its right to reply to Sayed.

This was Lodhi’s second attempt this month to introduce Kashmir during a debate.

During a debate last week in the General Assembly on the UN’s annual report, she said the surgical strikes carried out last year by India in Pakistani-held territory never happened and asserted that New Delhi was trying to provoke her country by saying it took place.

As Prasad pointed out, Pakistan has been “ploughing a lonely furrow” at the UN in trying to raise the Kashmir issue with no other country taking note of it despite Lodhi bringing it up in forums where it has not relevance.

When Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi launched one of the most heated attacks in recent times on India during his address to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly last month, a First Secretary in India’s Mission Eenam Gambhir, called Pakistan “Terroristan” in her reply. “The quest for a land of pure has actually produced ‘the land of pure terror’.”

 

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