United Nations | Responding to the speech of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before the United Nations General Assembly today, Pakistan rejected the charge of sponsoring terror acts in India, claiming it was India which was fomenting terror in the neighbouring country and not being serious about any talks on Kashmir. Sticking to its decades old position of a plebiscite in Kashmir as provided in UN resolution of 1948, Mr Bilal Ahmad, Counselor Permanent Mission of Pakistan, in Exercise of Right of Reply said the peace in the South Asian subcontinent was tied to the resolution of Kashmir issue.
The core issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be cast aside by empty rhetoric. It has been and will always be on top of the agenda of any talks between India and Pakistan. This is because durable peace and stability in the region depends on a just and lasting settlement of this dispute in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council, Mr Ahmad said.
It is therefore disingenuous of India to ignore the serious peace initiative proposed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan from this august forum, he said. The Pakistan Counselor said while proclaiming its willingness to talk, India has imposed preconditions, knowing that these would be unacceptable to Pakistan. India’s insistence on limiting the talks to a one point agenda proves that it is neither interested nor serious in engaging in a genuine dialogue, Mr Ahmad said.
Using the terrorism bogey, India has not only stalled the bilateral dialogue but also vitiated the overall atmosphere between the two countries, he said.
Subscribe to our email newsletter.