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‘Regrettable’: India’s scathing response to Pak PM’s remarks on ‘Kashmir issue’ in UNGA debate

New Delhi: Indian diplomat Mijito Vinito has slammed Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif for making anti-India remarks on Kashmir after his address at the United Nations General Assembly. In his right to reply, Mijito Vinito, First Secretary of the Indian Mission to the United Nations, said, “It is regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has chosen the forum of this great gathering to make false allegations against India”, he said. “He has said this to hide the misdeeds in his own country and to justify action against India which the world considers unacceptable.”

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Pakistan PM Shahbaz had addressed the general assembly and in his address had mentioned Kashmir more than 10 times and India more than 9 times. Pakistani prime ministers in the past have used the famous green podium during the annual general assembly to raise Kashmir, which this time also did not come as a surprise.

Indian diplomat Mijito raised the issue of Pakistan’s support to terrorism, saying, “A politics that claims it wants peace with its neighbours, will never sponsor cross-border terrorism.” He described how Islamabad “continues to harbor planners of the horrific Mumbai terror attack, only to disclose its existence under pressure from the international community”. Terrorism remains a major concern for New Delhi when it comes to Pakistan and a policy states that there will be no talks unless Islamabad takes action against terrorism.

The First Secretary also highlighted the condition of minorities in the country and said, “When thousands of young women from minority community are abducted as SOPs, what can we conclude about the underlying mentality?” . Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis are facing prosecution and discrimination in the country, which is well documented.

The Indian diplomat concluded by saying that “the desire for peace, security and progress in the Indian subcontinent is genuine” but “it will certainly happen when cross-border terrorism ends, when governments come clean with the international community and their people”. When minorities are not persecuted and at least, when we recognize these realities before this House.”

In 2020, Mijito walked out of the UNGA hall after Pakistan PM Imran Khan started making anti-India remarks.

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