India Hits Out at UN General Assembly President for Comments on Jammu and Kashmir

Foreign Affairs

New Delhi: India May 28 hit out at President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir for his comments on Jammu and Kashmir, saying his ‘misleading and prejudiced’ remarks does ‘great disservice to the office he occupies’. Bozkir, at a press conference in Islamabad along with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it was ‘Pakistan’s duty’ to bring the issue of the Jammu and Kashmir more strongly to the UN.

In a strong reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said his remarks are ‘unacceptable’ and his reference to the Indian union territory is ‘unwarranted’. ‘When an incumbent President of the UN General Assembly makes misleading and prejudiced remarks, he does great disservice to the office he occupies. The President of the UN General Assembly’s behaviour is truly regrettable and surely diminishes his standing on the global platform,’ MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in response to a media query on the issue.

Expressing ‘strong opposition to the unwarranted references made with respect to the Indian Union Territory of J-K’ by Bozkir during his recent visit to Pakistan, Bagchi said his remarks that ‘Pakistan is ‘duty bound’ to raise this issue in the UN more strongly are unacceptable. Nor indeed is there any basis for comparison to other global situations’. Bozkir arrived in Pakistan on May 26 on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Qureshi.

Pakistan has been making concerted efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue and stepped up anti-India campaign on the issue following New Delhi’s decision to withdraw special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories in August 2019.

India has told Pakistan that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Islamabad in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence. India has said the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment free of terror and hostility.