India has rebuffed as “unwarranted and irrelevant” a Pakistani attempt to raise the Kashmir issue during a debate in the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee of the United Nations, reported The Hindustan Times.
The Pakistani reference to “the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (that) is unwarranted and completely irrelevant to the work of this committee,” Indian representative R Ravindra, first secretary at India’s UN mission, said.
“I would like to remind the distinguished representative of Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India,” he said during the debate on Tuesday, according to the report.
“The Indian constitution guarantees the fundamental rights to all its citizens. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their free will by participating in free and fair elections held at regular intervals,” Ravindra was quoted as saying.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.