India has once again dismissed Pakistan’s mention of Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council meeting held under China’s presidency. The ongoing debate centered on ‘Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Promoting Sustaining Peace through Common Development’.
During the debate, Munir Akram, Pakistan’s UN envoy made a reference to Kashmir in his remarks, prompting strong reaction from the Indian side. Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN R. Madhu Sudan gave a stiff reply saying, “I will take not more than a few seconds to dismiss the unwarranted and habitual remarks made by a Permanent Representative earlier against my country and I will not dignify them with a response here.”
Earlier in UNGA, the care taker PM of Pakistan has also raised the Kashmir issue only to get lambasted by Petal Gahlot, India’s first secretary at the United Nations. While she mentioned the malicious motive of Pakistan to hide its own human rights abuses, she also called Pakistan a habitual offender. She further put the Indian stand and said, “We reiterate that the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir are an integral part of India. Matters pertaining to the UTs of J&K and Ladakh are purely internal to India. Pakistan has no locus standi to comment on our domestic matters.”
Pakistan persistently raises the Kashmir issue at international platforms, including the UN, seeking attention, yet these efforts have not garnered significant support. India remains steadfast in its assertion that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country and will always be the same.
Relations between India and Pakistan have further deteriorated after India revoked Article 370, the law that stopped the full assimilation of Jammu and Kashmir into India on August 5, 2019.