India on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan, calling it a country that has “established itself as a global epicentre of terrorism”, and asked it to abandon its “futile quest” of Kashmir.
India’s permanent representative in the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, in his statement on the Work of the Organization, also called for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations’ governance architecture.
Roundly attacking Pakistan, he said some countries use terrorists as proxies in their territorial quests.
“Just less than 10 days ago, the GA Debate witnessed a singular lack of support for Pakistan’s baseless claims. Need one say more. Our response to Pakistan is consistent. Abandon your futile quest. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so. ”
Noting that the “sell-buy date of Pakistan’s anachronistic approach is long over”, India’s Permanent Representative was quoted by ANI as saying, “No amount of misuse of international platforms by Pakistan will change that reality. ”
Asserting that “We look away as some amongst us stall our collective efforts, as they use terrorists as proxies in their territorial quests,” Akbaruddin added: “We have heard one such lone voice short while ago, making claims to an integral part of India. This comes from a country, which has established itself as a global epicentre of terrorism. Such claims find no resonance among the international community.”
He said the UN has become unresponsive to the needs of our time and ineffective to the meeting the challenges it is confronted with.
“It is a body that ponders for 6 months on whether to sanction leaders of organizations it has itself designated as terrorist entities. At best, it is now a body that can be described as an interesting and random mix of Ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. The Global governance architecture now calls for comprehensive reform.”
On the issue of terrorism, he said the UN is yet to come up with a coherent policy let alone take the lead on one of the biggest threats to global peace and security. “It is near impossible to argue the case of relevance of the UN on the issue of terrorism where even adoption of an international norm to “prosecute or extradite” terrorists evades us despite 20 years of talk,” according to a statement.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had earlier used his speech at the UN General Assembly to mount one of his strongest attacks on India on the Kashmir issue, describing Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani as a “murdered” young leader and calling for a UN fact-finding mission to probe rights violations.
In response, Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said, “(Pakistan) persists in the belief that such attacks (Uri) and provocative remarks will enable it to snatch the territory (Kashmir) it covets. My firm advice to Pakistan is: Abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so”.