Country that claims to seek peace with neighbours will never shelter planners of 26/11 attack: India on Pakistan’s PM remark | India News

NEW YORK: India responded strongly to Pakistan’s PM Shehbaz Sharif’s statement on Kashmir at the UN general assembly on Saturday.
India said that a country that claims to seek peace with its neighbours would never sponsor cross-border terrorism. It would also not shelter planners of the horrific Mumbai terrorist attack, disclosing their existence only under pressure from the global community.
India exercised the right of reply in the UN general assembly on Friday to respond sharply to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who had raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir during his address at the UNGA meeting.
“It is regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has chosen the platform of this august assembly to make false accusations against India,” first secretary in the permanent mission of India to the UN Mijito Vinito said in the right of reply.
“He has done so to obfuscate misdeeds in his own country and to justify actions against India that the world considers unacceptable,” the Indian diplomat said.
In his address, Sharif reiterated that Pakistan wants to have peace with India but added that long-lasting, enduring peace can only be “insured and guaranteed” through a just and fair solution to the issue of Kashmir under the UN Charter and security council resolutions.
India responded that a “polity that claims it seeks peace with its neighbours would never sponsor cross-border terrorism, nor would it shelter planners of the horrific Mumbai terrorist attack, disclosing their existence only under pressure from the international community.”
Vinito said such a country would not make unjustified and untenable territorial claims against neighbours, it would not covet their lands and seek to illegally integrate them with its own.
“But it is not just about the neighbourhood that we have heard false claims today. It is about human rights, about minority rights and about basic decencies,” he said.
“When young women in the thousands from the minority community are abducted as an SoP (Standard Operating Procedure) what can we conclude about the underlying mindset”
Reminding the world body of the atrocities against minorities, the Indian diplomat referred to recent incidents of forced abduction and marriage of girls from Hindu, Sikh and Christian families in Pakistan and “conversions within Pakistan,” he said.
India asserted that the desire for peace, security and progress in the Indian subcontinent is real. It is also widely shared and it can be realised.
“That will surely happen when cross-border terrorism ceases, when governments come clean with the international community and with their own people. When minorities are not persecuted and not least, when we recognise these realities before this assembly.”
Pakistan then exercised its right of reply in response to the comments by India.
Earlier Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had also raised the Kashmir issue in New York Zardari raked up the Kashmir issue and said that Islamabad hasn’t seen any signs of rebuilding relations with India while speaking during a question and answer session following the address to the council of foreign relations in New York.
(With inputs from agencies)

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