United Nations: In provocative comments,
Pakistan today claimed that Jammu and Kashmir has never been
an "integral part" of India and sought a UN-led plebiscite to
determine the will of the Kashmiri people, evoking an angry
rebuttal by India which termed the remarks as "unwarranted".
"Jammu and Kashmir is neither an integral part of India,
nor has it ever been so," Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Counsellor at
Pakistan`s Permanent Mission to the UN, said during a debate
at the General Assembly.
Raising New Delhi`s hackles Pakistan`s Deputy Permanent
Representative to the UN Raza Bashir Tarar said: "In South
Asia, the inalienable right to self-determination of the
people of J&K had been recognized by a number of Security
Council resolutions... Indeed, the UN decolonisation agenda
would be incomplete without resolution of the J&K dispute."
He, however, said Pakistan was committed to finding a
peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which
would lead to "durable peace and stability" in South Asia.
Responding to the statement, Indian representative R
Ravindra (First Secretary) said the reference made by the
Pakistani official to Jammu and Kashmir "is unwarranted and
completely irrelevant to the work of this Committee."
"I would like to remind the distinguished representative
of Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of
India. The Indian Constitution guarantees the fundamental
rights to all its citizens. The people of Jammu and Kashmir
have expressed their free will by participating in free and
fair elections held at regular intervals," Ravindra said in
exercise of the right of reply.
Andrabi said the Indian diplomat had made "some untenable
assertions" in his response adding that several Security
Council resolutions have recognized Jammu and Kashmir as the
The resolutions have pronounced that "the final
disposition of the State of J&K will be made in accordance
with the will of the people expressed through the democratic
method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the
auspices of the UN."
Andrabi added that the UN resolutions "clearly state that
no electoral exercise conducted by Indian authorities in J&K
can substitute a free and impartial plebiscite to be held
under UN auspices."
"The right to self-determination of the people of J&K is
recognized by numerous Security Council resolutions. The
denial of self-determination to the people of J&K for
sixty-three years is, therefore, very much relevant to our
discussion," the Pakistani official said, adding that Security
Council resolutions on J&K are binding on both India and
Pakistan and remain to be implemented.