United Nations: First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Paulomi Tripathi, slammed Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly and insisted that the right to self-determination cannot be abused to undermine a nation’s territorial integrity.
Tripathi was responding to Pakistani envoy Maleeha Lodhi’s remarks at the UNGA session that the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination had been suppressed for decades.
Lodhi said that the Kashmir issue will remain on “the UN agenda until the Kashmiri people are allowed to exercise their will, according to the agreed method prescribed by the Security Council – a plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations.”
Tripathi said in response, “We reject the unwarranted reference made by one delegation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India.” Tripathi was speaking at a UNGA Third Committee session on Tuesday on ‘Elimination of Racism, Xenophobia, and Right of People to Self-determination’.
She said that it had become Pakistan’s habit to misuse any forum for narrow political gains. “In reality, it is the people of India as well as of our region and beyond who have to suffer most egregious violation of human rights inflicted by terrorism emanating from beyond our borders,” she said.
“The right to self-determination cannot be abused and misrepresented with the aim of undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a Member State,” Tripathi said.
Tripathi described Palestine as the “unfinished task” in the realisation of the right of people to self-determination, saying India is committed to the cause of the people of Palestine.