Envoys trade hot words over Kashmir
10 November 2007
United Nations: Representatives of India and Pakistan on Friday had a verbal exchange over the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the General Assembly Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. Reacting to Indian representative Aruna Kumar Vun Vudavalli’s claim that Kashmir was an integral part of India, Pakistani representative Bilal Hayee said it was an internationally recognised disputed territory. “Pakistan rejects the Indian statement that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Union of India,” he added. Hayee went on to say that the Security Council’s demand for free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices still remains to be implemented. Reacting to the Indian delegate’s comments about human rights in Pakistan, Mr Hayee said “No one, particularly India, should offer any lessons on human rights since India itself is in illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.” “This illegal occupation is being sustained by an unprecedented and massive concentration of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and by using, inter alia, rape as a weapon of state policy to suppress the indigenous struggle of Kashmiri people for self-determination”, he said.