January 2003 News

Pakistan raises Kashmir at U.N.

20 January 2003
The Hindu
PTI Correspondent

United Nations: Pakistan today raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council meeting on terrorism and accused India of 'misusing' the campaign against terror to 'denigrate and suppress the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the meeting, the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, said 'the struggle against India's occupation is a just, legitimate and noble struggle.' The international community could not 'ignore the phenomenon of state terrorism as a tool of foreign occupation and defiance of U.N. resolutions.' And equating 'freedom struggle' with terrorism was 'unjust and unacceptable.' 'The Kashmir dispute can and should be resolved through dialogue between Pakistan and India in accordance with the U.N. resolutions and wishes of the people of Kashmir,' he said. Pakistan has taken over as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. Mr. Kasuri said terrorism perpetuated by individuals and groups resulted in the killing or maiming of innocents and must be 'equally and identically condemned.' Stating that 'we are surprised that terrorism by other religious fanatics in non-Muslim societies has not been condemned vigorously,' Mr. Kasuri, departing from the text of his speech, added 'I am also referring to the killing of Muslims in Gujarat.'


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