India slams Pak for repeating its ‘fabricated narrative’ on Kashmir

New Delhi (NVI): India has again slammed Pakistan for misusing the UN platform and interfering in India’s internal matters while rejecting Islamabad’s contention that the Kashmir issue is one of the most long-standing disputes at the United Nations (UN).

India has said that Pakistan must address its own pressing concerns like terrorism and tackling the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, rather than diverting attention from them by using the UN platform.

The remarks from Indian representative came after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi lauded the UN’s achievements but also referred to “failings and deficiencies”.

On the occasion of 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Qureshi in a video message said that the resolutions and decisons on UN are “flouted”. He said that the Kashmir issue was among its “most glaring and long-standing failures” and that the organisation was being “derided as a ‘talk shop’.”

“The people of occupied J&K still await fulfilment of the commitment made to them by the UN to grant them their right to self-determination,” he said.

In its Right of Reply, soon after the Pakistan foreign minister’s comments, first secretary Vidisha Maitra said India had hoped the General Assembly “would be spared another repetition of the baseless falsehoods that have now become a trademark of Pakistan’s interventions on such platforms” during the commemoration of a shared global milestone.

“What we heard today is the never-ending fabricated narrative presented by the Pakistani representative about the internal affairs of India. We reject the malicious reference made to the union territory (UT) of J&K, which is an integral part of India,” Maitra said.

“If there is an item that is unfinished on the agenda of the UN it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism. Pakistan is globally recognised as the epicentre of terrorism, which by its own admission harbours and trains terrorists and hails them as martyrs and consistently persecutes its ethnic and religious minorities,” she added.

Pakistan “would do well to turn its attention inwards to immediately addressing these pressing concerns instead of diverting attention from them by misusing the UN platform”, Maitra said in her response to the Pakistan minister’s statement.