New Delhi: Government officials lashes out at Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday for his anti-India speech delivered the day before at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Mijito Vinito, the first secretary of the Indian Mission to the United Nations, called Shehbaz Sharif's assertions baseless and accused Islamabad of engaging in "cross-border terrorism" in relation to the Kashmir conflict.
"It's unfortunate that Pakistan's prime minister decided to use this assembly to level baseless charges against India. He did this to cover up wrongdoing in his own country and to defend his government's policies toward India "As Mr. Vinito put it.
In an apparent reference to terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, he vowed that the government will never provide refuge to those responsible for the 1993 bombings in Mumbai.
Mr. Vinito argued that such a nation would not make territorial claims against its neighbors that were both unreasonable and impossible to defend.
"For that matter, no state that truly values peace with its neighbors would ever knowingly fund terrorist activities over its borders. Neither would it provide cover for those responsible for plotting the devastating terrorist assault in Mumbai, who was only outed after intense international pressure "Says Mr. Vinito.
Mr. Vinito reaffirmed India's position that it seeks normal neighborly ties with Pakistan free of terror, enmity, and violence. India has always insisted that the state of Jammu and Kashmir "was, is, and shall forever" be considered an inalienable part of India.
Mr. Vinito said it is ironic that Pakistan, which has committed a "severe violation of minority rights," is lecturing on a worldwide platform about minorities, referring to the recent episodes of forced abduction and weddings of girls from Hindu, Sikh, and Christian families.
"There is a genuine yearning for stability and development across the Indian subcontinent. It's also quite common knowledge. If governments stop lying to the international community and their own people if minorities are no longer persecuted, and if we acknowledge these truths in front of this Assembly, then we can be assured that this will happen "This is what he had to say, he explained.
On Friday, Pakistan's prime minister stated that his country seeks peace with all of its neighbors, including India, but that this can only happen after a "fair and sustainable solution to the Kashmir dispute."
Mr. Sharif said tensions in the region have been exacerbated by India's "illegal and unilateral" efforts to alter Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
"It's high time that India got the message that the United States and Russia are both well-prepared militarily. Going to war is not a viable option. Absolutely not. All of these problems can only be solved by calm discussion "What he said next was noteworthy, he said.