Pakistan continues to provide patronage to the perpetrators of the horrific 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India has told the UN Security Council, saying that most terrorist attacks around the world have their roots, in some form or the other, in that country.
India has struck back at Pakistan after Islamabad’s delegate to the UN Munir Akram spoke up on the matter of Jammu and Kashmir amid the UNSC open debate on ‘Protection of civilians in armed conflict: Wars in cities – protection of civilians in urban settings’ on Tuesday.
Backfiring at Pakistan’s envoy, Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN R. Madhu Sudan expressed, “The Member States are well aware that Pakistan has an established history of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists. This is a country that has been globally recognised as a sponsor of terrorism and holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN Security Council,”
“So much so that most terrorist attacks around the world today have their origin, in some form or the other, in Pakistan,” he added. His statement came days after a siege at a synagogue in Texas, US, that culminated with the killing of a British hostage-taker of Pakistani heritage, Malik Faisal Akram.
On the controversial PoK matter, the Indian Counsellor regurgitated that the “entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are, and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India, irrespective of what Pakistan representative believes… We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”
Madhu Sudan said he is curbed to bear the UNSC floor again, after India’s envoy T S Tirumurti had delivered the national statement at the debate, only because the Representative of Pakistan “chose to sully this august Council through his Pavlovian and frivolous remarks against my country. While his statement deserves our collective contempt, I need to set the record straight.” He said even as the Council is discussing the protection of civilians at the meeting, the biggest menace to civilians arrives from terrorists.
Madhu Sudan said India wishes normal and cordial associations with all countries including Pakistan and is earmarked to handle unsettled issues if any peacefully by the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration.