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Pak raising Kashmir issue at UN like ‘miyan ki daud masjid tak’: Syed Akbaruddin

Indian diplomat has said Islamabad’s decision to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN, which has not been discussed at the world body for decades, is like ‘Miyan ki daud masjid tak’

india Updated: Sep 17, 2017 19:18 IST
Press Trust of India
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India's permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, delivers his statement on the occasion of International day of Vesak, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.(PTI File Photo)

Taking a jibe at Pakistan, a top Indian diplomat has said Islamabad’s decision to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations is like ‘Miyan ki daud masjid tak’.

India, on the other hand, is focused on a progressive, forward-looking agenda during the UN General Assembly session beginning on Monday, India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin told reporters on Saturday.

“We are visionary in our goals. If on the other hand there are other countries, who as you say, focus on yesterday’s issues then they are yesterday’s people,” Akbaruddin said in response to a question on reports that Pakistan plans to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN.

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly this week. Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would deliver her address on September 23.

“If they (Pakistan) focus on an issue which has not been on the discussion table in the UN now for decades, not for years, for decades..., if this is what they want to focus on, so be it. To be his own...miyan ki daud masjid tak,” Akbaruddin said, referring to a popular Urdu proverb meaning some people think within a limited focus and are unable to think beyond that.

A day earlier, Pakistan’s foreign ministry had said that Abbasi would be raising the Kashmir issue at the UN.

Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, Akbaruddin said that New will not sit idle till the Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice.

“If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfil its role in designating Masood Azhar who we have tried for quite some time but have not succeeded yet.

““However, we would like to make it very clear, we will pursue Masood Azhar so that the ends of justice are met,” he said.

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 14:24 IST