“This is the country that has systematically cleansed its minorities, including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and others, through the abuse of its blasphemy laws and through forced religious conversions,” Vinito said, adding that “for someone who professes to be a champion of Islam, this is also a country that has encouraged killing of fellow Muslims merely because they belonged to a different sect or to a different region in Pakistan and through sponsoring terrorist attacks against its neighbours”.
Pakistan has consistently used UN platforms, including the high-level General Assembly sessions, to rake up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, but has repeatedly found no resonance with the international community for its “diatribe”.
India strongly asserted that Jammu and Kashmir is its “integral and inalienable part” and the rules and legislations brought in the Union Territory are strictly its internal affairs.
“The only dispute left in Kashmir relates to that part of Kashmir that is still under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to vacate all those areas that it is in illegal occupation of,” Vinito said, adding that what should instead be on the agenda of the UN is Pakistan’s “deep state and its unrelenting political and financial support to terrorist organisations and mercenaries, which are a threat to global peace and security”.
“The only way for Pakistan to become a normal country is to abjure its moral, financial and material support to terrorism, turn its attention to the problems faced by its own population, including its minorities, and stop misusing UN platforms to further its nefarious agenda,” India said.
The words used in the General Assembly by Khan “demean” the very essence of the United Nations, Vinito said, adding that “for a nation that is deeply buried in medievalism, it is understandable that the tenets of a modern civilised society such as peace, dialogue and diplomacy are farfetched”.
Pakistan’s delegate then made a response to India’s Right of Reply.