India has hit back at Pakistan in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) saying that a polity claiming to seek peace with its neighbours would never sponsor cross-border terrorism nor shelter planners of horrific Mumbai terrorist attack.
The response comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s address to the high-level UNGA, in which he claimed that India’s illegal and unilateral actions on August 5, 2019 to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir further undermined the prospects of peace and inflamed regional tensions.
Exercising its right to reply at UNGA, India said it’s regrettable that the Pakistan PM made false accusations against Indian on this platform.
“It is regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has chosen the platform of this august assembly to make false accusations against India. He has done so to obfuscate misdeeds in his own country and to justify actions against India that the world considers unacceptable,” Mijito Vinito, First Secy, India Mission to UN, said.
“A polity that claims it seeks peace with its neighbours would never sponsor cross border terrorism. Nor would it shelter planners of the horrific Mumbai terrorist attack, disclosing their existence only under pressure from the international community,” Vinito said.
#WATCH | “…Desire for peace, security in Indian subcontinent real, can be realized. That’ll happen when cross-border terrorism ceases, govts come clean with int’l community&their people, minorities aren’t persecuted”, Mijito Vinito, First Secy, India Mission to UN #UNGA pic.twitter.com/NZWKjrjiwh
— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2022
Sharif said Pakistan is looking for peace with India but it banks on a “lasting” solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
“Pakistan needs a stable external environment. We look for peace with all our neighbours, including India. Sustainable peace and stability in South Asia, however, remains contingent upon a just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Sharif said.
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