New York—India, exercising its Right of Reply to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s United Nations General Assemblyaddress, levelled serious allegations against Pakistan in its rebuttal, terming it a ‘terrorist state’, which Pakistan in a reply to India strongly rejected.
Nawaz Sharif had in his speech maintained that Pakistan wants peace with India but it is “not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue”. The premier urged the UN to demilitarise Jammu and Kashmir and called for steps to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.
India’s First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism, according to a Hindustan Times report.
India sees Pakistan as “a terrorist state”, she said, accusing Pakistan of diverting international aid towards training, financing and supporting terror groups as ‘militant proxies’ against neighbouring countries.
Muhammad Faisal, a director general at the Foreign Office, rejected Gambhir’s accusations that Pakistan was promoting terrorism in India-held Kashmir and elsewhere, saying that the Kashmiri uprising after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani “was spontaneous and indigenous”.
“The Indian government has chosen to criticise the statement by the prime minister of Pakistan, which reflects the sentiments and aspirations of the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have, for seventy years faced bullets, repression and the brutalities of illegal occupation,” Muhammad Faisal said in the 193-member Assembly, responding to the serious allegations levelled by Gambhir.
Pakistan, he said, would continue to stand by the people of Kashmir and extend its full diplomatic and political support to their movement for freedom from Indian oppression.