India tells Pak J&K will remain its integral part

United Nations: India has firmly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir will remain an integral part of the country and criticised Islamabad for using terrorism as a “tool of state policy” to covet the Indian territory.

India strongly hit back at Islamabad for raking up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at a UN forum on culture of peace, saying Pakistan is “well-known” for providing safe havens to terrorists and cloaks its designs in the garb of concern for justice and self-determination.

In a reply to Pakistans Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi who raised the Kashmir issue during a debate yesterday, senior Indian diplomat Srinivas Prasad said Islamabad has used “terrorism as a tool of state policy” and was using the UN platform to “covet Indian territory”.

Lodhi had brought up the issue of Kashmir at the forum, saying there are long standing cases where historic injustices wait to be corrected and where people are still denied their fundamental right to self-determination.

“It is ironic, that our neighbour Pakistan well-known for providing safe havens to terrorists and using terrorism as a tool of State policy has used this platform to yet again covet Indian territory, cloaking its designs in the garb of concern for justice and self-determination,” he said.

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