Wed, Feb 22, 2017 | updated 11:41 AM IST

Kashmir unrest: Pakistan has no 'locus standi' in our internal affairs, reiterates India

Updated: Jul 14, 2016 18:06 IST

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Maintaining its stand that Pakistan has no business interfering in India's internal Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday lashed out at Pakistan raising Kashmir at the United Nations (UN) saying that it was a 'self service' exercise on their behalf for narrow political ends.

"This is a self service exercise for narrow political ends, and let me make three very clear points. First, terrorism is terrorism. No amount of justification on the part of Pakistan is going to change. Second, our internal affairs are solely ours to handle. Any effort by any other party claiming it as theirs or trying to interfere and seeking to internationalise the issue will not change that reality," MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a press conference.

"Thirdly, the world today has a very clear view on which country in our region covets the territory of others, uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy, provides sanctuary to UN designated terrorists and terrorist groups and violates human rights," Swarup added.

Talking about the possibility of holding dialogues with Pakistan, he reaffirmed that India has never shied away from dialogue with its neighbour.

However, he added that it is incumbent upon Pakistan to create the right atmosphere for a productive dialogue to take place.

"Because as we have repeated on numerable occasion in the past, talks and terror cannot go hand in hand," Swarup said.

Pakistan has urged the UN to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented and said that Islamabad wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India through talks as war is not an option.

Briefing media in Islamabad today, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that it was the responsibility of the UN to solve international disputes, including Kashmir.

"He said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir with India through talks, as war is not a solution to any issue. He asked the international community to pressurise India to hold talks with Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir issue," said the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

However, tearing into Pakistan's ulterior motive to cash in on the protest-related deaths in the Kashmir Valley by racking up the issue at the UN platform, India has dubbed it as "an attempt to misuse the UN platform by a country that covets the territory of others and uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end".

"Regrettably, earlier today, we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan, a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination," India's Permanent Representative to U.N. Syed Akbaruddin said.

Earlier today, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry briefed the Islamabad-based Ambassadors of the member countries of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir - Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Niger - through its capital on Wednesday morning over the tense situation in Kashmir and conveyed Pakistan's serious concern over the killings of civilians and violation of their fundamental human rights by Indian Security Forces.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto called up Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and expressed solidarity with people of Kashmir amid the ongoing unrest.

Sources say that Bhutoo told Awami Action Committee chairman that after Friday prayers, solidarity marches would be taken out across Pakistan to express solidarity with Kashmiris.

"Spoke to @MirwaizKashmir & expressed condolences, condemnation & solidarity with the people of #Kashmir," Bhutto tweeted.

Mirwaiz, meanwhile, appreciated Bhutto's concern for Kashmir.

"Appreciate the support & concern of the people of Pakistan and their leadership @BBhuttoZardari," Mirwaiz tweeted in response.

Mirwaiz had on Tuesday alleged that aggressive approach of the current Indian dispensation in Kashmiri led to violence and unrest in the state and warned that it could "lead to catastrophic consequences for the whole region".

Addressing the people of India in the wake of protest-violence triggered by the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on Friday, he said, "I want to convey to the people of India that for the sake of humanity, peace and progress in the region they need to understand the truth and reality of Kashmir and play their role with regard to resolving this political issue." (ANI)

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the second consecutive day, following closure of 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway due to landslides at some places.

Full Story >>

Tamil Nadu [India], Feb.22 (ANI): To protest against Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palanisamy's trust vote, Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) begun their hunger strike protest here today, over the recent ruckus that took place in Tamil Nadu Assembly few days ago.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): We will not rest until the company stops selling products bearing religious symbols and figures in India and, if possible in the United States, said Naresh Kadyan on Wednesday, who has filed a complaint against two US-based online retailers for selling beer with Lord Ganesha's picture on its label and footwear sporting the 'Om' symbol.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad [India], Feb.22 (ANI): At least six burnt bodies were recovered when a fire broke out in the Avone cooler godown in the early hours of Wednesday in Hyderabad's Attapur.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Expressing confidence over securing a majority in the 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the aggressive voting by the people clearly shows they are voting against the Shiv Sena's mafia raj.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Underscoring Myanmar's huge unexplored hydrocarbon potential, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has said that India needs to have more engagement with the latter in oil and gas sector.

Full Story >>

Kohima (Nagaland) [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): Naga People's Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezitsu will be sworn in as the new Nagaland Chief Minister today.

Full Story >>

Mumbai, (Maharashtra) [India], Feb 22 (ANI): Even with Pakistan cancelling the licences of 44 weapons issued to Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his aides, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has asserted that the JUD terrorists' so called house arrest in Pakistan is nothing more than a sham.

Full Story >>

SC to hear SYL canal case today

Updated: Feb 22, 2017 06:24 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear the Sutlej Yamuna Link(SYL) Canal issue involving the states of Punjab and Haryana .

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday will continue the hearing over the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) bail cancellation plea against former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief S.P. Tyagi and others in the Agusta Westland case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The team of Bollywood movie 'Jolly LLB-2' will, on Wednesday, appear before the trial court, after the Delhi High Court yesterday refused to stay the summons on Akshay, Annu Kapoor and director Subhash Kapoor, amongst others.

Full Story >>

Kampala [Uganda], Feb 22 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived here on Tuesday after concluding a three-day visit to Rwanda.

Full Story >>

Jammu and Kashmiri [India], Feb 22 (ANI): The Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has, for the first time, organised a counseling session for the youths of Ganderbal district of central Kashmir, against stone pelting.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 22 (ANI): Dr Ramamurthy Kosanam, an Indian doctor who was kidnapped in Libya 18 months ago, has been rescued announced External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on Tuesday night.

Full Story >>

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Feb 22 (ANI): In an exchange of fire between District Reserve Group (DRG) team from Narayanpur and the Naxals near Kilam jungle area of Chhottedongar Police Station, seven naxals were killed, including three women, on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Agra, (Uttar Pradesh),[India] Feb. 21 (ANI): A Fire broke out at a godown of the Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited in Agra, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 21 (ANI): Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj often hogs limelight for her witty replies on Twitter and resolving problems relating to visas and passport, but this time the minister's husband Swaraj Kaushal gave a glimpse of his sense of humour on the social media.

Full Story >>

Bhubaneswar, (Odisha),[India] Feb. 21 (ANI): Emerging as a champion against all odds by clearing the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) examination held in 2015, Sanyasi Behera, a visually-impaired candidate from Bhubaneswar has demonstrated how it is possible to fulfill one's aspirations through dedication and hard work.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 21 (ANI): Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday reviewed measures to alleviate pollution in the national capital.

Full Story >>

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Feb 21 (ANI): Seven naxals were killed in an encounter with the Police force in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.

Full Story >>