Vidisha Maitra, first secretary at the Indian mission to the UN Credit: Twitter image

India hits back at Pakistan for raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir all while attending a high-level meeting to commemorate 75 years of United Nations (UN) on Monday. Vidisha Maitra, first secretary at the Indian mission to the UN in New York slammed at Pakistan is globally recognised as the epicentre of terrorism.

While speaking at the anniversary, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raked Kashmir’s issue at his address to the UN. Maitra exercising India’s Right of Reply deemed the minister’s speech as a “never-ending fabricated narrative” about the internal affairs of India.

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“Our delegation had hoped that during this solemn commemoration of a shared global milestone, the General Assembly would be spared another repetition of the baseless falsehoods that have now become a trademark of Pakistan’s interventions on such platforms,” said Maitra.

She added that if there is an item that is unfinished on the agenda of the UN, it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism. She went on to say that Pakistan is a country that trains terrorists, even hails them as martyrs, and consistently persecutes minorities be it ethnic or religious.

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“For a nation that is bereft of milestones, one can only expect a stonewalled and stymied approach to reason, diplomacy and dialogue,” she added. The first secretary said that India even rejects the “malicious reference” that was made by Qureshi to the UT of Jammu and Kashmir which is actually an integral part of India.

She said that it would do well if Pakistan turns its attention inwards to immediately addressing the pressing concerns of being hailed as the globally recognised epicentre of terrorism and persecution of minorities. Rather than misusing UN platforms and diverting attention from themselves.

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