Heated debate: Pakistan, India argue over Kashmir in UN

Indian delegate protests Pakistani diplomat's demand for settlement of dispute as per UN resolutions


APP November 05, 2014

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.

COMMENTS (11)

someone | 7 years ago | Reply

@Saad: The land is not going anywhere however if you are interested in taking all Muslim kashmiris in Pakistan, you are welcome. Any way, I think you guys are interested in Kashmiris and not in their land..right?

Muhammad Waleed Akram | 7 years ago | Reply

Indians have no right to hold the Kashmir with them because there are majority of Muslims and its a integral part of Pakistan. The same is the demand of the people of Kashmir and Indian PM Mr. Nehro hv also signed the UN resolution in 1948 to provide a self determination right to them.

Why Mr. Nehro hv signed the UN resolution at that time ? Indians should hv to follow the international laws and you hv no right to impose your thinking on the whole world.

Pakistan will fight for the people of Kashmir at every world forum till the independence of Kashmir. We respect the UN resolutions and waiting for the permanent solution of this issue.

KASHMIR IS THE INTEGRAL PART OF PAKISTAN.

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