Expect Befitting Reply If You Raise Kashmir At UN: India To Pakistan

25 September 2015
India Today


New Delhi: Pakistan should expect a befitting reply from India over the contentious Kashmir issue if it tries to raise the topic at the UN General Assembly. According to reports, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to use the UN's stage to attract the international community's attention towards Kashmir. India has made it clear that it will respond if Sharif raises the Kashmir issue in his address at the UN General Assembly. 'When a statement comes from him (on Kashmir), then we will reply,' External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. When asked if India is concerned about Pakistan's attempt to internationalise the issue by raising it at the UN, Swarup said we are fully prepared to deal with any kind of situation. Sharif is scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 30. A senior Pakistani diplomat in Islamabad had said that Sharif is conscious about the importance of Kashmir and would raise the issue at the UNGA. Also Read: Before leaving for UN, Nawaz says something we always knew The diplomat said the Pakistan Prime Minister, however, would offer several steps to de-escalate the tension and establish peace along the Line of Control (LoC). Last year too, Sharif had raked up Kashmir issue at the UN, evoking strong reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who protested to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying raising bilateral issues on such fora was not the way to resolve them. Introducing a new irritant into the bilateral ties, Pakistan has complained to UN Security Council alleging that India is building a wall along the Line of Control (LoC) in violation of the world body's resolutions. In a letter to President of the Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, Pakistan's Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi, claimed that India is planning to construct a 10-meter high and 135-feet wide embankment along the 197-km along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The planned wall, according to Pakistan, was to convert the LoC 'into a quasi international border'. India did not immediately react directly to the allegation on the alleged wall plan but described the contents of two letters written by Lodhi on September 4 and 9 as 'contradictory'. 'India would respond to these claims at the appropriate time,' Vikas Swarup said.