Hitting out at Pakistan for its “baseless claims” on Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN said, “We look away (on the issue of dealing with terrorism) as some amongst us stall our collective efforts, as they use terrorists as proxies in their territorial quests”. “We have heard one such lone voice a short while ago, making claims to an integral part of India. A country which has established itself as a global epicenter of terrorism,” Akbaruddin slammed. “Such claims find no resonance amongst the international community,” he asserted.
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) October 5, 2016
Referring to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UNGA, Akbaruddin said, “Just less than 10 days ago the GA Debate witnessed a singular lack of support for Pakistan’s baseless claims. Need one say more”. Akbaruddin went on to add that India’s response to Pakistan has been consistent. “Abandon your futile quest. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so. No amount of misuse of international fora by Pakistan will change that reality. The sell by date of Pakistan’s anachronistic approach is over,” he said in a strongly worded message.
Urging the UN to come up with a coherent policy on terrorism Akbaruddin said, “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.” “Inability to address what is amongst the most dangerous of scourges faced by States and societies collectively since World War II raises questions about the relevance of our Organization to the very lives of the people who we are bound by the Charter to act on behalf of. The choice of relevancy requires a willingness to address what is staring us in the face. Yet we look away,” he lamented.
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Akbaruddin’s clear message and India’s approach to name and shame Pakistan is part of the government’s foreign policy change towards the neighbouring country. The move to isolate Pakistan on international forums comes after the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers lost their lives. India has proof that the terrorists involved in the attack were from Pakistan. To both pre-empt further attacks and give a befitting reply to the Uri attack, the Indian Army last week conducted surgical strikes across the LoC and destroyed many terrorist launch pads – a fact that Pakistan is denying. Apart from taking military action, India has also repeatedly slammed Pakistan at UN during the ongoing General Assembly session. On September 26, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her speech at UNGA asked Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to stop dreaming about Kashmir. “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,” she said.
Just yesterday, the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) said that it is not going to discuss the matter of Indo-Pak tensions. Despite Pakistan repeatedly appealing to the United Nations to take up the issue of Kashmir, Indo-Pakistan tensions and India’s surgical strikes across LoC, UNSC has refused to discuss the matter. Vitaly Churkin, the UNSC President for the month the month of October categorically refused to comment on the issue. “I don’t want to go there, don’t want to go there. No no please, I don’t want to go there,” Vitaly Churkin, who is also Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, said.