Terrorists' exporter has no locus standi, says India after Pakistan rakes up Kashmir at Bahrain IPU Assembly
India on Monday tore into Pakistan, dubbing the neigbouring country as “exporter of terrorists” who has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs, after Islamabad raked up the Kashmir issue at the 146th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Bahrain.
India in its Right to Reply (RoR) at the Assembly, slammed Pakistan for raking up the Kashmir issue saying that Islamabad is an ‘exporter of terrorists’, while also reiterating that the neighbouring country has no locus standi on the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as its an internal affair of New Delhi.
BJP ally Biju Janata Dal (BJD) spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Sasmit Patra tweeted: “’India slammed Pakistan today at the 146th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Bahrain. During the speech of Pakistan at the Assembly, Pakistan referred to Kashmir in its habitual manner. India through a Right to Reply (RoR) slammed Pakistan at the IPU.”
Patra, in a statement, said it was “unfortunate” that Pakistan once again chose to “misuse” the platform by mentioning Jammu and Kashmir, which is completely unacceptable as the erstwhile state is an integral part of India along with the Union Territory of Ladakh.
Patra stressed that no amount of rhetoric and propaganda from any country can override this fact and Pakistan has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs.
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He said New Delhi has repeatedly called upon Islamabad “to vacate the Indian territories under its illegal and forcible occupation with immediate effect.”
Dubbing Pakistan as a “known exporter of terrorists who is behind countless cross-border terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir” is championing the cause of human rights in the former state.
Islamabad rakes up the Kashmir issue regularly at almost every UN or International forum and platform, irrespective of the topic or agenda being discussed.
Recently, Pakistan Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that it’s an “uphill task” for Islamabad to bring the Kashmir issue into the “centre” of the agenda at the United Nations.
Addressing a presser on the sidelines of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN, Zardari, while responding to question from the press that drew parallels between Palestine and Kashmir, admitted that Pakistan faces a “particularly uphill task” to try and get Kashmir into the centre of the agenda at the United Nations.
In a snide reference to India, the 34-year-old Pakistan Minister fumblingly said that whenever Islamabad brings up Kashmir issue at the global forum, “our friend…. Our neighbouring countries” vociferously and strongly object it. He said that: “they perpetuate a post-fact narrative where they try to claim that this is not a dispute for the United Nations, that this is not a disputed territory recognised for the international community.”
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