‘Unwarranted’: India slams Pakistan envoy's reference to Kashmir at UN body
PTC News Desk: During a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, India rejected Pakistan's reference to Kashmir. During China's presidency, the debate on 'Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Promoting Sustaining Peace through Common Development' was ongoing.
During the debate, Pakistan's UN envoy Munir Akram mentioned Kashmir, prompting a strong reaction from the Indian side.
“I will take not more than a few seconds to dismiss the unwarranted and habitual remarks made by a Permanent Representative earlier against my country and I will not dignify them with a response here,” R. Madhu Sudan, Counsellor in India's Permanent Mission to the UN, said.
Pakistan continues to raise the Kashmir issue in global forums, including the United Nations, in an attempt to gain attention, but the efforts have been in vain. India has consistently maintained that Jammu and Kashmir was, is, and will remain an integral part of its territory.
Relations between the two nuclear-armed countries have been strained since India repealed Article 370 on August 5, 2019, effectively ending Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
Article 370 was repealed months after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorist group carried out a terrorist attack in J&K's Pulwama on February 14, that year, in which an RDX-laden car rammed into a CRPF convoy, killing 40 jawans.
In an operation code-named 'Bandar,' the Indian Air Force carried out 'punitive' airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility in Balakot, Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, 12 days later.
- With inputs from agencies