United Nations: Pakistan has again tried to sneak the Kashmir issue into a General Assembly debate but India took the high road refusing to be drawn into a “distraction” from the agenda set for the meeting.
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi devoted a significant part of her speech to Kashmir at the committee dealing with decolonisation on Monday.
The Minister in India’s Permanent Mission, Srinivas Prasad, who spoke later said in his scheduled speech, “We reject the efforts of the delegation of Pakistan to bring issues which have never been on the agenda of this Committee ever in its history.”
“We consider it a diversion from the agenda and as a distraction not worthy of a response,” Prasad added.
Kashmir is not considered a colony or a non-self-governing territory by the UN. “Even as all those who have taken the floor have focused on issues of these Non Self-Governing Territories, a solitary member State, as usual, has ventured to plough a lonely furrow contrary to the onward march of history,” Prasad added.
Lodhi said that UN’s decolonisation agenda would remain “incomplete” without resolving the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan came back again after Prasad’ speech with Saima Sayed, a counsellor at Pakistan’s UN Mission, harking back to the 1948 Security Council resolution on Kashmir while exercising Pakistan’s right of reply. India did not use its right to reply to Sayed.
This was Lodhi’s second attempt in a month to introduce Kashmir during a debate on topics without any relevance to it. During a debate last week in the General Assembly on the UN’s annual report, she said the surgical strikes carried out in 2016 by India against terrorist hideouts in Pakistani-held territory never happened and asserted that New Delhi was trying to provoke her country by saying it took place. (Agencies)