Thursday, October 6th, 2016

‘Abandon futile quest’ for Kashmir: India tells Pak at UN

Narada Desk | October 6, 2016 10:31 am Print
The Indo-Pak tensions has been on the boil following the Uri attack, which was responded strongly by India with a surgical strikes across the LoC
File Pix : Indian army soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir

In a strong rebuttal to Pakistan’s allegations that India is escalating the current situation, New Delhi has said the “sell-by date” of Pakistan’s “anachronistic approach” is long over and the country should “abandon” its “futile quest” for Kashmir.

The Indo-Pak tensions has been on the boil following the Uri attack, which was responded strongly by India with a surgical strikes across the LoC.

Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, strongly rejected remarks by Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi, who said during a General Assembly debate on ‘Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation’ that India has created conditions that pose a threat to peace and security in the region by its recent “declarations and actions.”

Responding sharply to the Pakistan’s envoy’s claim, Akbaruddin said Pakistan’s claims in the UN are finding no resonance and it should abandon its quest for Kashmir, which is an integral part of India.

“Our response to Pakistan is consistent. Abandon your futile quest. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so,” Akbaruddin said asserting that no amount of “misuse” of international platforms by Pakistan will change that reality.

“The sell-by date of Pakistan’s anachronistic approach is long over,” Akbaruddin said on Wednesday.

Akbaruddin said claims by Pakistan, a global epicenter of terrorism, on Kashmir find no resonance amongst the international community, with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raising the Kashmir issue in his General Assembly address also finding no support.

“We have heard one such lone voice again a short while ago, making claims to an integral part of my country. This comes from a country which has established itself as the global epicenter of terrorism. Such claims find no resonance amongst the international community,” Akbaruddin said.

Akbaruddin emphasised that during the recently concluded high-level UN General Debate, there was “a singular lack of support” for Sharif’s “baseless claims”. “Need one say more,” he said.

Giving a a reference to the surgical strikes conducted by India, Lodhi had said, “in the past few weeks India has engaged in unprovoked shelling across wide territory along the Line of Control. This continues to this day and even as I speak.”