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If Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on UNSC agenda, asks Pakistan

Updated: Sep 27, 2016 08:40 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Sept. 27 (ANI): India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj advice to Pakistan to abandon its dream of separating Kashmir from India during her address at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, has prompted Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Mohammed Nafees Zakaria to ask "if Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on the agenda of the (UN) Security Council?"

"Strange that Indian EAM is disowning the UNSC resolutions and that too at the UN. Can the Indian EAM explain that if Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on the agenda of the Security Council," tweeted Zakaria within a few hours after the EAM concluding her speech.

After Swaraj showed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a mirror, saying those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan, Zakaria tweeted, "Indian EAMs reference to Pakistan's province of Balochistan is a violation of UN principles and international law."

Pakistan MoFA spokesperson further tweeted, "Reference to Balochistan is a continuous admission by India of its involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan."

Accusing India of diverting the world's attention from "atrocities on defenceless Kashmiris", Zakaria said, "India trying to divert world attention from its atrocities on defenceless Kashmiris, but her efforts will not succeed."

However, defending Swaraj's speech at the UNGA as well-measured and fitting, India Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said she has expressed New Delhi's vision on all those issues which are crucial to the international community.

"As you know our foreign minister gives to the point answers and her statement today (Monday) was well-measured and fitting, and she expressed India's vision on all those issues which are crucial to the international community," Swarup told ANI here.

With Swaraj saying "jinke apne ghar shishe ke ho, unhe dusro par patthar nahi fekne chahiye (those whose houses are made of glass should not throw stones at others)", while responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statements at the UNGA on September 21, the MEA spokesperson said, "A few days back, the Pakistan Prime Minister on this very platform had given baseless statements against India; and today, the Foreign Minister has given a befitting reply to all those things."

"Moreover, she has said the countries sheltering terrorism, financing them and providing them with weapons, such countries do not have any place in the international community which, in my opinion, was a very important and powerful message that she delivered today," he added.

When asked whether he thought that Pakistan was isolated on the international platform, Swarup said, "That is evident. As you have seen when the Pakistan Prime Minister delivered his speech, his speech got no comments in their support; whereas there is a consensus in the world on India's statement on terrorism and there is a common consensus that fighting terrorism is, at present, utmost necessary."

On Balochistan also, the Foreign Minister commented on the atrocities committed there, he said. (ANI)

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