Unfit even to answer: India pulls up Pak Foreign Minister Bilawal over Kashmir remarks at UNSC
India on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council debate on women, peace and security, saying it is also “qualified” to respond to such “malicious and false propaganda”. ‘ Not there.
Reacting to Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s remarks on Jammu and Kashmir, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj on Tuesday termed his statement as “baseless and politically motivated”.
“Before I conclude, let me disavow the frivolous, baseless and politically motivated remarks made by the representative of Pakistan regarding the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Speaking at an open debate on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ at the UN Security Council, Kamboj said, “My delegation also finds it unworthy to respond to such malicious and false propaganda.”
“Rather, our focus is where it will always be – positive and forward-looking. Today’s discussion is important to strengthen our collective efforts to accelerate the full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. We respect the subject of the debate. and recognize the importance of time. Thus, our focus will remain on the subject,” she said.
Kamboj’s sharp reaction came after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Zardari mentioned Jammu and Kashmir in his remarks at the debate of the Council held under the chairmanship of Mozambique for this month on the eve of International Women’s Day.
India has already told Pakistan that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the entire area of Ladakh was, is and will remain a part of India.
India has maintained that it desires normal neighborly relations with Pakistan, while insisting that the onus lies on Islamabad to create an environment free of terrorism and hostility for such engagement.
Relations between India and Pakistan were severely strained after Indian warplanes bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in February 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack.
Relations deteriorated further in August 2019 after India announced the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special powers and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into union territories.
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