New Delhi, Oct 6, 2016: India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan by calling it a country that has established itself as a “global epicentre” of terrorism and asked it to abandon its “futile quest” of Kashmir.
In his statement on the Work of the Organization, he said, claims by Pakistan 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.
Referring to Sharif’s speech at UNGA, he said “Just less than 10 days ago the GA Debate witnessed a singular lack of support for Pakistan’s baseless claims. Need one say more. Abandon your futile quest. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so.”
Noting that the “sell-buy date of Pakistan’s anachronistic approach is long over”, India’s Permanent Representative said “No amount of misuse of international platforms by Pakistan will change that reality. ”
On the issue of terrorism, he said the UN is yet to come up with a comprehensible policy let alone take the lead on one of the biggest threats to global peace and security.
Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had used his speech at the UN General Assembly to mount one of his strongest attacks on India on the Kashmir issue, describing Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a “murdered” young leader and calling for a UN fact-finding mission to probe rights violations.
However, on Wednesday while addressing a joint session of Parliament on Kashmir issue, Sharif said “Burhan Wani’s martyrdom brought Kashmir movement to a defining moment, adding that the valley is bubbling up like a volcano.