October 12, 2009 | By Tejashdeep Singh
United Nations, (October 13, 2009): As per a news reported by Kashmir Watch representatives of Pakistan and India on Friday (October 09, 2009) had a verbal duel over the decades-old Jammu and Kashmir dispute between the two South Asian countries in the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee, which deals with decolonisation questions.
Reacting to Indian delegate Manjeev Singh’s claim that Kashmir was an integral part of India, Pakistan Deputy Permanent Representative Amjad Hussain Sial said several UN resolutions had recognised the Himalayan state as a disputed territory. “Jammu and Kashmir is not an integral part of India, nor has it ever been,” Sial added.
Singh, who was responding to Pakistan’s main statement to the committee in which he drew the international community’s attention to the unresolved Kashmir dispute, maintained that Pakistan had gone back to “the language of the past” and said the need of the hour was to dismantle the terror infrastructure.
In his reply, the Pakistan representative said the denial of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and 62 years of their suppression were most relevant to the decolonisation discussion.
He pointed out to several Security Council and United Nations resolutions, which stated that the territory’s future would be determined by a UN-supervised plebiscite.
Those binding resolutions, which were accepted by both India and Pakistan, remained to be implemented, he said. Although Jammu and Kashmir was an international issue, Sial said it had been agreed to address the issue bilaterally through the composite dialogue.
Pakistan, he said, had advanced several ideas to resolve it, and was awaiting progress towards a resolution. “Pakistan reserves the right to refer to the issue at the UN as necessary.”
In his earlier statement, he said Pakistan was committed to finding a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute acceptable to all sides – India, Pakistan and above all Kashmiri people.
“A peaceful resolution of this dispute is imperative for durable peace, stability and progress in South Asia,” the Pakistani representative said. “The UN’s decolonisation agenda would be incomplete without resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.”
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