NEW DELHI: India rejected Pakistan’s contention that the Kashmir issue is one of the most long-standing disputes at the United Nations (UN) on September 22nd, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN.
India said that Pakistan as a nation should instead focus on the unfinished task of tackling terrorism which affects both nations.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Palestine disputes are the organisation’s longest-standing disputes, people there want the commitment made to them by the UN to grant them their right to self-determination.
Secretary Vidisha Maitra said India had hoped the General Assembly “would be spared another repetition of the baseless falsehoods."
The Kashmir issue has been raised from time to time. Pakistan criticised India for the abrogation of Article 370 that gives the state special status and for denying people there their autonomy.
India on the other hand had mentioned earlier that revoking Article 370 part of their attempts to catch terrorists hiding in the state.
India had faced major attacks from Pakistan based terrorists; the 2016 Uri attack and the 2019 Pulwama suicide bomb attack.
India had been pushing to have Pakistan isolated on international arenas to have it blacklisted for housing terrorists including the likes of Jaish-e-Mohammed and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the United Nations faces a “crisis of confidence” and reiterated India’s long-standing call for reform at the UN to reflect the reality today.