On Saturday, India restated that the entire union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India,” as it hit out at Pakistan over its references to J&K at the United Nations General Assembly.
Stating that Pakistan holds a disgraceful record of sheltering the most significant number of terrorists outlawed by the United Nations, first Secretary Sneha Dubey said, “Pakistan holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UNSC (United Nations Security Council). Osama bin Laden got shelter in Pakistan. Even today, Pakistan leadership glorifies him as a martyr.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan had cleared up the issue of Kashmir in his speech to the UN General Assembly. He had spoken about the August 5, 2019 judgment of the Indian government on the repeal of Article 370 and the death of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
In the Right of Reply, Dubey said Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India”. “This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” she added.
“Regrettably, this is not the first time the leader of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country, and seeking in vain to divert the world’s attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities, are turned upside down,” the young diplomat said.
Emphasising that minorities in Pakistan, the Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, live in perpetual fear and state-sponsored destruction of their rights, she added, “This is a regime where anti-Semitism is normalised by its leadership and even justified. Dissenting voices are muzzled daily, and enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings are well documented.”
Dubey said that India is a pluralistic democracy with an ample population of minorities who have held the highest offices in the country, including as President, Prime Minister, Chief Justices and Chiefs of Army Staff, unlike Pakistan.
“Pluralism is a concept which is very difficult to understand for Pakistan which constitutionally prohibits its minorities from aspiring for high offices of the state. The least they could do is introspect before exposing themselves to ridicule on the world stage,” Dubey said.
Stating that the Member States are conscious that Pakistan has undeniable history and policy of hiding, supporting and actively promoting terrorists, Dubey said the country had been recognised globally as openly supporting, coaching, funding and supplying arms to terrorists as a matter of State policy. “It holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN Security Council.”