United Nations: Pakistan’s continued support for terrorists in Kashmir is the main challenge to the human rights of the people of the state, India said Tuesday during three rounds of dueling statements by the two countries that spilled over from Monday.
The current round of face off between the two neighbors began Monday when Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi raised the Kashmir issue in a General Assembly Committee that deals with social and humanitarian affairs.
She said that a plebiscite under UN auspices should be held in Kashmir adding, “Generation after generation of Kashmiris have seen only broken pledges and ruthless oppression.”
Rattan Lal Kataria made a rebuttal Tuesday, saying, “The people of Jammu and Kashmir exercised their right to self-determination at the time of India’s Independence and have since then regularly participated in free, fair and open elections at all levels.”
“These elections have been held under the scrutiny of international media and opinion, which has not faulted the electoral process,” he added. “The 65 percent record voter turnout in the 2014 election in Jammu and Kashmir, despite the threats from Pakistan-based terror groups, is a resounding response by our people.”
Pakistan launched another round in reply essentially repeating the previous statement but its delegate did not respond to the offer of talks without terror.
Taking the floor in reply for the third round, Joshi explained how India fulfilled the requirements for ensuring self-determination. Kashmiri
“Relevant international principles reaffirm that self-determination is a right applicable to the peoples of non-self-governing colonies and trust territories,” he said. “Once exercised, this right enables people to freely choose their own form of government and for all segments of society to collectively participate.” Kashmiri Kashmiri
He added, “There is no room for self-determination to be distorted and misinterpreted as a right of a group, on the basis of ethnicity, religion or racial criteria, or any other such categorization, and use it to attempt to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of state.”
“Pakistan would do well to introspect before casting baseless allegations against India, lest it will be drawn into its own created vortex,” said.
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