UNSC: India tells Pakistan to Immediately Vacate J&K

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India’s UNSC representative took the floor a second time to emphasise its sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir

New York, Nov. 17: India slammed Islamabad for raking up the Kashmir issue and demanded that all areas of Jammu and Kashmir under
Pakistan’s illegal occupation be vacated immediately at the United Nations Security Council.

“I would like to be categorical about India’s position, the entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan,” Dr Kajal Bhat, Counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, said on Tuesday (local time).

“I am constrained to take the floor once again to respond to some frivolous remarks made by the representative of Pakistan earlier today,” Bhat said before beginning her response.

Pakistan’s representative Munir Akram brought up the Kashmir border issue during the open debate, triggering India’s response. Bhat stressed that it was not the first time that Pakistan “misused” UN’s platforms to propagate false and malicious propaganda against India. She said that Pakistan’s representatives “sought in vain to divert the world’s attention from the sad state of his country, where the terrorist enjoy free pass while the lives of ordinary people especially those belonging to the minority communities are turned upside down.(sic)”

She also emphasised that member states are aware that Pakistan has an established history and policy of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists.

“This is the country that has been globally recognised as one openly supporting, training, financing and arming terrorists as a matter of state policy,” Bhat said.

She also underlined that Pakistan “holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UNSC”. Bhat said that New Delhi desires normal relations with all countries including Pakistan, and that India is “committed to addressing outstanding issues if any, bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration”.

“However, any meaningful dialogue can be held only in an atmosphere free of terror hostility and violence,” Bhat said. Stressing that the onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere, she said India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to cross border
terrorism.

This has been India’s stance for a long time. Even in 2019, India refused to accept help from the United States when it offered to mediate between India and Pakistan.

Indo-Pak relations have improved on some fronts. The recent re-opening of the Kartarpur Corridor was congratulated by Imran Khan in a tweet.

However, Kashmir remains a sour point between the two countries.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI, edited by Godhashri Srinivasan)