Wednesday, October 4, 2023

India asks Pakistan to vacate PoK in UN General Assembly

Sneha Dubey, India's first secretary at the UN

Hours after Imran Khan raked up the Kashmir issue during his address to the United Nations General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, India hit back at Pakistan Prime Minister and called upon the country to ‘immediately’ vacate Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

In a blistering retort, Sneha Dubey, India’s First Secretary at the UN, said,  “Entire UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be integral and inalienable part of India. This includes areas that are under illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”

She also slammed Pakistan to raise India’s internal matter of Kashmir on a global platform. She said, “Regrettably, this is not the first time the leader of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country, and seeking in vain to divert the world’s attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities, are turned upside down,” Dubey added.

Additionally, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla also mentioned that Pakistan, which has been projecting itself as a facilitator, has been, in many senses, an instigator of some of the problems that India has been dealing with in its neighbourhood. 

His comments came after Quad Summit and India-US bilateral meet. 

“Both in the bilateral discussions as well as in the forum discussions there was the clear sense that a more careful look, and a more careful examination and monitoring of Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s role on the issue of terrorism had to be kept, and that certainly whether it is Quad or its other partners have to keep track of that factor,” Shringla said.

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