J&K is a disputed territory, Indian tactics can't change it: Maleeha Lodhi

Published: May 18, 2016
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Pakistan urges international community to settle Kashmir issue according to UN resolutions. PHOTO: INP

Pakistan urges international community to settle Kashmir issue according to UN resolutions. PHOTO: INP

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi reiterated on Wednesday that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and India cannot change that by nefarious tactics.

“Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and numerous UN Security Resolutions attest to this,” she said following Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup’s claim that the territory was an integral part of India.

Vikas had also remarked that the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill was an “entirely internal legislative matter of India”.

Ambassador Lodhi comment comes as the United Nations Security Council issued her letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General and the Council’s President, in which she voiced the Pakistan government’s “serious concern” over the Indian move, as a document of the 15-member body.

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Under Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, anyone distributing a map that the Indian government deems to be “wrong” could be liable for a billion-rupee fine and jail time.

Regarding Lodhi’s concerns over the controversial draft bill, the Indian spokesperson in New Delhi rejected what he called the “repeated and increasing attempts by Pakistan to impose on the international community matters that it had always been open to address bilaterally with it”.

“The proposed bill is an entirely internal legislative matter of India, since the whole of the state of J&K is an integral part of India,” Vikas said, adding, “Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi in the matter.”

Responding to questions, ambassador Lodhi called “untenable” the Indian claim that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India. “This is a travesty of history, morality, international law and facts on the ground.”

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In her letter which was distributed as an official UN document, the Pakistani envoy regretted that the international community and the UN have failed to take notice of the Indian action.

“The international community should honour its responsibility to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 65 years later, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting for the international community and the United Nations to fulfill their commitments by holding an independent and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices,” the letter said.

The draft bill, which was circulated by the Indian Home Ministry for comments from the general public on May 4, is likely to be tabled in parliament after the expiry of the 30-day period.

Any violation of the licence terms and conditions, set in the draft bill, would lead to revocation of licence, a fine up to Indian Rupees 1 billion and seven-year imprisonment.

Besides, the bill evokes concerns over privacy, free flow of information and innovation.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • ali
    May 18, 2016 - 7:58PM

    Someone talking sense.Recommend

  • ghazal
    May 18, 2016 - 9:51PM

    not will pakistani tactic change anything. world will never let a secular country downRecommend

  • Hamza
    May 18, 2016 - 9:54PM

    Bravo!!!Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    May 19, 2016 - 12:05AM

    It is a disputed territory because muslim have majority in 5 districts. I have never ever heard from 200 million Muslims in india and never from Bollywood Khans saying Kashmir be made Afghanistan like landlocked country sandwiched between pakistan and china or be given to Pakistan. I have never heard any sane Pakistani Muslim to talk about fate 200 million Muslims living in india. Do you think indians would serve birayani to them. Islamophobia is now rampant in India and in any non muslim country. These 200 million muslim will become overnight unwanted muslim in india. India will go Burma way and world will understand.Recommend

  • salim_india
    May 19, 2016 - 3:30AM

    If J&K is a disputed territory so is the part of Kashmir that Pakistan annexed in 1947. So is the part that Pakistan gifted to China. So is Aksai Chin that China invaded. First Pakistan needs to de militarize it’s side of Kashmir, then the rest of the UN resolutions can be looked at.Recommend

  • May 19, 2016 - 3:31AM

    The room was probably empty. Look at the empty chairs behind Ms.Lodhi.

    This is for Pakistani consumption. The world opinion about Pakistan is such that nobody believes a word from anyone from Pakistan.

    Ms.Lodhi will get a few Shabash! from its citizens. Nothing beyond this.Recommend

  • Buzzkill
    May 19, 2016 - 3:46AM

    You can thump your chests in front of UN all you want, the world considers Kashmir to be a sovereign part of India.Recommend

  • Mohammad Saleem
    May 19, 2016 - 4:12AM

    For the record, the Pakhtun territories on this side of the disgraceful Durand Line plus Baluchistan, are also disputed.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    May 19, 2016 - 5:17AM

    If Kashmir goes to Pakistan then what will happen to 200 millions muslim in india? Pakistani hero Hafiz Syeed started his journey from Simla in India with 33 family members, even muslim police, muslim army, he was only one who reached pakistan and all other perished. Modi has said in very circlulated interviee clip that he can repeat Gujarat in 24 hours. So India goes Burma way. NO WAY A SINGLE MUSLIM WILL STAY IN INDIA AFTER KASHMIR IS GONE. CAN PAKISTAN FEED 200 MILLION MUSLIM OR EUROPE CAN ACCEPT QUARTER OF BILLION MUSLIM DARK COLOR MUSLIM REFUGEES AND FEED THEM.Recommend

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