India slams Pak for unwarranted remarks after FM Bilawal scours Kashmir at UNSC

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India exercised its right of reply during the Security Council Open Debate on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security – Conflict and Food Security hosted by the United States, the President of the Council.

The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and always will be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes areas under illegal occupation of Pakistan. No amount of rhetoric and propaganda from any country can deny this fact, Parihar asserted.

The only contribution Pakistan can make is to stop state-sponsored terrorism. As for his other comments, we will treat him with the contempt he deserves, Parihar added.

The Pakistani foreign minister, who is on his first visit to the United States, also touched on the Kashmir issue while answering questions at a news conference in New York on Thursday.

“As far as the question of our relationship with India is concerned, it is particularly complicated” by their recent actions in Kashmir – first the August 5, 2019 decision to repeal Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as well than the recent boundary commission decision on Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

He said the actions “complicated this case” and constitute “aggression” against the United Nations, UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Convention. Bilawal said “such actions make it very difficult for us to engage” with India.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have risen since New Delhi repealed Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5, 2019. India’s move has sparked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic relations and expelled the Indian envoy.

India has told the international community categorically that the removal of Section 370 is its internal affair. India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and will forever remain” an integral part of the country. He also advised Pakistan to accept reality and stop all anti-Indian propaganda.

India has also told Pakistan that it wants normal neighborly relations with Islamabad in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence.

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