- Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to UN Dr Kajal Bhat reacts after Pak envoy raises Kashmir issue at UNSC
New Delhi: The entire Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India, said Dr Kajal Bhat, counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN at the UN Security Council (UNSC).
Her strong remarks came after Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram raised the issue of Kashmir at the UNSC.
They were participating in the open debate on ‘Maintenance of International Peace and Security Through Preventive Diplomacy’.
“I would like to be categorical about India’s position that entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”
Following Munir’s remarks at 15-nation Council, Bhat said, “I’m constrained to take the floor once again to respond to some frivolous remarks made by the representative of Pakistan earlier today. This is not the first time the representative of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country and seeking in vain to divert the world’s attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy a free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities are turned upside down.”
She reiterated that India desired normal neighbourly relations with all countries including Pakistan and was committed to “resolving any outstanding issues if any bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore declaration”. However, she added, any meaningful dialogue can be held only in an atmosphere free of terrorism, hostility and violence. “The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere. Till then, India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to cross-border terrorism,” Bhat added.
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