By Arul Louis
“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India and will always remain so” despite Pakistan’s use of “terrorism as a state policy” for territorial aquisition, Sumit Seth, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission in Geneva, said on Tuesday while exercising the right of reply to Pakistan’s allegations about India.
“The present situation in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir is the direct result of sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” he said.
“The high number of casualties sustained by Indian security forces is a reflection of the tremendous amount of restraint displayed by them under these difficult circumstances.”
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Farukh Amil, raked up the Kashmir issue while taking exception to UN Human Right Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticising India and Pakistan on Monday for not allowing a fact-finding team to the Indian state and the part occupied by Pakistan.
Amil asserted that reports of atrocities and human rights abuses emanated from the Indian state and not from the part of it occupied by his country and, therefore, questioned al-Hussein equating the two countries.
Amil alleged that al-Hussein’s statement was not based on facts.