UNITED NATIONS: Days after United Nations released its report on Kashmir’s grim situation, India on Tuesday accused Pakistan of spreading false narrative about trouble-torn Kashmir valley on global radar. India’s remarks came after Pakistan again brought up the Kashmir issue in its Right of Reply. With Pakistan again referring to Kashmir in its Right of Reply, First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu responded that during the session on the responsibility to protect last week, India had placed on record its rejection of yet another attempt by the delegation of Pakistan to misuse the UN forum and raise the issue of Kashmir. He said India was constrained to take the floor again yesterday following Pakistan’s new remarks.
The representative of Pakistan said that the High Commissioner for Human Rights has identified many violations in Kashmir and added that repeating groundless accusations do not make them fact. A farce can only go so far, the Pakistani representative said, according to the information about the session available online. India exercised its right of reply following a General Assembly debate a day before on the responsibility to protect after Pakistan said that Kashmir was never a part of India. Bayyapu said in India’s Right of Reply that “repeated and cynical attempts by Pakistan, a hub of terrorism in our region and beyond, to spread a false narrative about the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have not succeeded earlier and will not do so now”. Pertinently, during a June 25 General Assembly debate on the Responsibility to Protect, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had made a reference to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.