By Yoshita Singh
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25: India has slammed Pakistan for making “baseless and unsubstantiated allegations” against it at the UN and said Islamabad continues to waste the time of the world body and its organs by raising the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan has been raking up the issue of Kashmir and India’s decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir at meetings of the various Committees of the General Assembly.
Participating in the First Committee meeting on Wednesday, Pakistan again raised the issue of Kashmir and alleged that India recently used cluster munitions in populated areas in Jammu and Kashmir that led to civilian deaths and injury.
“…I would like to note that Pakistan has once again made a number of baseless and unsubstantiated allegations against India which are not borne out of facts. This Committee is aware of India’s responsible conduct in abiding by its international obligations,” Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Anjani Kumar said Thursday during a General Assembly First Committee debate on Conventional Weapons.
Kumar said Pakistan has continued to waste the precious time of the General Assembly Committee, other UN organs and various multilateral forums by raising issues “extraneous to their agenda”.
“I will refrain from engaging further on this issue so as not to waste any more time of this Committee,” Kumar said.
He voiced India’s concerns over the challenges posed by transfers of conventional weapons, including small arms and light weapons to terrorists and non-State actors, which has become a major threat to international peace and security and an impediment to the full realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Kumar said India supported the approach of striking a balance between humanitarian concerns on landmines and legitimate defence requirements, particularly those of States that have long borders. (PTI)