Tuesday, 02 October 2012 19:10:11
Pakistani and Indian delegates clash over Kashmir at U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 (APP): Representatives of Pakistan and India
had a verbal duel in the U.N. General Assembly on Monday night over decades-old the Jammu and Kashmir dispute between the two South Asian countries.
Reacting to Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's assertion earlier in the day that last week's remarks by President Asif Ali Zardari remarks on Kashmir were "unwarranted", Pakistan's Deputy Permanent Representative Raza Bashir Tarar defended the Pakistani leader's
statement as the dispute, he said, remained unresolved.
"Let me begin by emphasizing that the reference to the Jammu and
Kashmir dispute in the President of Pakistan's statement was not 'unwarranted'," Ambassador Tarar said, while exercising his right of
reply to the Indian minister's statement in which Krishna also claimed
that the Himalayan state was an "integral part" of India.
"Let me also make absolutely clear that Jammu and Kashmir is neither
an integral part of India nor has it ever been," the Pakistani envoy
told the 193-member Assembly. President Zardari reaffirmed in his speech that Pakistan "will continue to support the right of the people of
Jammu & Kashmir to peacefully choose their destiny in accordance with the
UN Security Council's long-standing resolutions on this matter".
Kashmir, he said, remained a symbol of the failures of the United Nations system rather than its strengths. The president went on to
say that a solution could only be reached in an environment of cooperation.
Indian delegate Vinay Kumar, responding to references by Ambassador Tarar of Pakistan, insisted that Jammu and Kashmir State was
an integral part of India, adding that Pakistan's "illegal occupation"
of parts of the region was in violation of India's territorial integrity
and international law.
India, he added, rejected Pakistan's claim in its entirety.
Exercising his right of reply for a second time, Ambassador Tarar said
the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir had been set out in Security Council resolutions and agreed upon by both Pakistan and India.
As such, characterizing the region as an integral part of India
was untenable, he said, adding that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had
not exercised their right to self-determination.