UNITED NATIONS: Delegates from Pakistan and India started a heated debate at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly after an Indian delegate protested against an “unsolicited comment” made by a Pakistani diplomat.
"Jammu and Kashmir are an integral part of India," Indian delegate Mayank Joshi said, while reacting to a statement made by Pakistani diplomat Diyar Khan in the 193-member Third Committee who called for a settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions.
"It’s regrettable that decades after the adoption of these resolutions, the people of Jammu and Kashmir remain deprived of their fundamental right to self-determination. They continue to face widespread repression and human rights violations, which have been documented by independent international human rights organisations," Pakistani delegate Diyar Khan said.
Exercising his right of reply, Joshi called the Pakistani delegate's comments about the Kashmir issue as "factually incorrect.”
Khan rejected Joshi’s arguments and stated that Kashmir is not a part of India, adding that it is internationally recognised as a disputed territory.
"Numerous undertakings and statements of similar nature have been made by the Indian leadership at international forums including at the United Nations," Khan said.
Addressing the elections that took place in Indian-administered Kashmir, Khan said that those elections were rejected by the UN as well as the Kashmiri people.
Responding to this, Joshi said that the elections were held under scrutiny of the international media.
On the other hand, Khan claimed that the elections were held under foreign occupation and could not be a substitute to impartial elections.
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