United Nations: India and Pakistan yet
again clashed over the Kashmir issue during the ongoing UN
General Assembly session.
Speaking in the General Assembly`s Decolonisation
Committee, Congress MP Charan Das Mahant asserted that Kashmir
was an integral part of India, and that its people have
regularly expressed their will in free and fair elections.
Pakistani delegate Tahir Andarabi who spoke later
said, no electoral exercise in Jammu and Kashmir can
substitute a "free and impartial plebiscite" mandated by
Security Council resolutions.
Andarabi said that Jammu and Kashmir is not an
integral part of India.
Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined
that the UN would only "offer its good offices" in Kashmir
when "both parties" wanted the world body to step in.
"As far as this role of good offices is concerned,
the United Nations normally takes that initiative when
requested by both parties concerned," Ban told journalists on
"India and Pakistan, they are neighbouring
countries, important nations in that region - peace and
security would have important implications," he said.