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Exercising its right of reply on Imran Khan’s statements on Kashmir at the UN, India on Saturday said on the world forum that Pakistan has an established history and policy of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists.
It further stressed that the entire union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India”, including the areas that are under illegal occupation of Pakistan.
“Pakistan is an arsonist, disguising itself as firefighter. Minorities of Pakistan live in constant fear and state sponsored suppression of their rights,” First Secretary Sneha Dubey said at UN.
She added that Pakistan is a country that has been globally recognised as one “openly supporting, training and financing and arming terrorists” as a matter of State Policy.
“We keep hearing that Pakistan is a ‘victim of terrorism’. Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror,” Dubey said.
This came after Imran Khan’s recorded message for played at the United Nations General Assembly, where he mentioned Kashmir 13 times in his speech and attempted to spread lies around the last rites of Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Khan pitched for “peace with India”, but added that sustainable peace in South Asia is “contingent upon the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”. “The onus remains on India to create a conducive environment for meaningful and result-oriented engagement with Pakistan,” his statement read.
Khan and other Pakistani leaders and diplomats have consistently raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and other internal matters of India in their addresses to the UN General Assembly and other forums of the world organisation. Pakistan’s attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue have gained no traction from the international community and the Member States, who maintain that Kashmir is a bilateral matter between the two countries.