Kashmir issue our internal matter: MEA to Pakistan

"Our internal affairs are solely ours to handle, anyone trying to interfere will not change that reality," said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2016 4:07 pm
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Sharply reacting to Pakistan’s statement on Burhan Wani’s killing in Kashmir in the United Nations, government on Thursday it’s India’s internal matter and anyone trying to interfere will not change that reality.

“Our internal affairs are solely ours to handle, anyone trying to interfere will not change that reality,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Swarup added that India has never shied away from dialogue with Pakistan, but “talks and terror cant go hand in hand.”

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Earlier in the day, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Syed Akbaruddin lashed out at Pakistan and accused it of trying to misuse the platform provided by the UN.

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Akbaruddin was speaking at a high-level thematic debate on Human Rights organised by President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft.

“Regrettably, earlier today we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination,” he said.

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Akbaruddin asserted that Pakistan’s “track record” failed to convince the international community that it should gain membership of the Human Rights Council in this very session of the UNGA.

His comments come in the backdrop of Pakistan raising in the UN the issue of the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had dubbed the killing of Wani as a violation of human rights.

Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi had raised the issue of Wani’s killing at the same platform on Wednesday describing him as a ‘Kashmiri leader’ and terming it as ‘extra-judicial’ killing.

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