India at UN asks Pakistan to immediately vacate illegally occupied areas of J&K, Ladakh

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NEW YORK, JANUARY 26: India, on Wednesday, reiterated its often-stated position and told the United Nations that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and urged Pakistan to vacate the illegally occupied areas in the Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) region.

R Madhusudan, Counsellor at Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that Pakistan has been globally recognised as the sponsor of terrorism and some of the most horrific terror attacks across the globe trace their origins to Pakistan.

“Entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are, and will always be an integral part of India, irrespective of what Pakistan representative believes… We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” Madhusudan said.

He was responding to allegations by Pakistan’s representative at the UN Munir Akram, who, in his statements claimed that India was sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan. “Pakistan has an established history of harbouring, aiding, and actively supporting terrorists. This is a country that has been globally recognised as a sponsor of terrorism,” he added.

The diplomat also highlighted India’s intention to establish friendly relations with all the neighbouring countries but reiterated that any meaningful dialogue can be held only when an atmosphere free of terror and hostility is created. He also told the United Nations Security Council that the onus to create such an atmosphere is on Pakistan and referred to the Mumbai terror attacks, as well as Osama Bin Laden to stress that Pakistan provides patronage to non-state actors who have carried out attacks across the world. (Agencies)