In a strong response to Pakistan, India told the UN General Assembly that the country, which claims to seek peace with its neighbours, would never sponsor cross-border terrorism or shelter the planners of the horrific Mumbai terror attack and would reveal their existence only under pressure from sides of the global community. India on Friday invoked the right of reply at the UN General Assembly to hit back at Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir during his address to the high-level general debate earlier in the day.
“It is regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan chose the platform of this August assembly to make false allegations against India,” First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Mijito Vinito said in Right to Reply. In his speech, Sharif reiterated that Pakistan wanted peace with India, but added that long-term and lasting peace could only be “assured and guaranteed” by a just and fair resolution of the Kashmir issue as per the UN Charter and UN Security Council resolutions. .
India responded that “a state order that claims to seek peace with its neighbors would never sponsor cross-border terrorism, nor cover the planners of the horrific Mumbai terror attack, and would reveal their existence only under pressure from the international community”.
However, today we heard false statements not only about the surroundings. It’s about human rights, minority rights and basic decency,” he said. When thousands of young women from a minority community are kidnapped as SoP (Standard Operating Procedure), what can we infer about the underlying mindset? India claimed that the desire for peace, security and progress in the Indian subcontinent was real. It is also widely shared and can be implemented.”
“That will certainly happen when cross-border terrorism stops, when governments deal with the international community and with their own people. When minorities are not persecuted and last but not least when we acknowledge these facts before this assembly.”