New Delhi: India on Friday exercised its right of reply at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s statement on minorities in India raised the Kashmir issue. Indian diplomat Mijito Vinido asked Pakistan to introspect before leveling false accusations against India. Instead of making claims about Jammu and Kashmir, he said, Islamabad should stop “cross-border terrorism”.
“When thousands of young women from minority communities are trafficked as SOPs, what can we conclude about the underlying mindset?” He was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
He further said, “It is regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has chosen the platform of this Mahasabha to make false allegations against India. He has done so to cover up wrongdoings in his own country and to justify actions against India which the world perceives. Unacceptable.”
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Indian ambassador slams Pakistan for “encouraging cross-border terrorism”: “A polity that claims to want peace with its neighbors will never support cross-border terrorism. Will not give shelter to those planning the heinous Mumbai terror attack. Pressure from the international community.”
On the issue of atrocities against its minorities, he referred to recent incidents of forced abduction and marriage of girls from Hindu, Sikh and Christian families in Pakistan and “intra-Pakistan conversions”.
“This is about human rights, about minority rights and about basic decency,” the Indian ambassador said. “Such a country would not make unjustified and unacceptable territorial claims against neighboring countries. It would not covet their lands and seek to annex them illegally. But the false claims we are hearing today are not about neighboring countries,” he added. , as quoted by ANI.
Vinito said the desire for peace, security and progress in the Indian subcontinent is real. It is widely shared and can be felt.
“When cross-border terrorism stops, when governments come clean with the international community and their own people, when minorities are not persecuted, and not least, when we recognize these facts before this House,” the ambassador said.
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Earlier, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif spoke about the Kashmir issue at the UN. He accused India of turning Kashmir into a Hindu-majority region through illegal population transfer.
Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari brought up the Kashmir issue in New York. During a question-and-answer session following his address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, he said Islamabad saw no signs of rebuilding ties with India.
The reports come as the country faces devastating floods.
(with agency inputs)