Sawaraj’s statement is a litany of falsehoods about Pakistan and a travesty of facts and history: Foreign Office Reply

Sawaraj's statement is a litany of falsehoods about Pakistan and a travesty of facts and history. It only reflects the deceit and hostility of her Government towards Pakistan. We reject all the baseless allegations made in that statement. These allegations are designed principally to deflect global attention from the brutalities being perpetrated by India's over half a million occupation force against innocent and unarmed Kashmiri children, women and men in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Their call for freedom has been met with characteristic Indian brutality. During the last two and a half months, over a hundred innocent Kashmiris have been killed, hundreds blinded and thousands injured by Indian bullets and pellets, including infants, children, women and men. This is the worst form of state terrorism, a war crime that India has continued to perpetrate in the situation of foreign occupation in Jammu and Kashmir for the past many decades. Pakistan demands a full and impartial investigation of these Indian atrocities and massive human rights violations in Kashmir. We ask that India accept the investigation proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and allow them access for the purpose. Jammu and Kashmir never was and can never be an integral part of India. It is a disputed territory, the final status of which has yet to be determined in accordance with several resolutions of the UN Security Council. The right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination has been recognized and promised to them by the UN Security Council and by India and Pakistan. For 70 years, India has prevented the Kashmiris, through force and fraud, from exercising this right and holding the UN supervised Plebiscite to enable the Kashmiris to determine their political destiny. The struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination is a legitimate struggle. And, they have the right to receive moral and political support from the international community.

The attack on the Indian Army base in Uri, particularly its timing, has all the hallmarks of an operation designed to divert attention from India's atrocities in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The international community is well aware that several such incidents have been staged in the past to serve India's tactical and propaganda objectives. India is utilizing the Uri incident to blame Pakistan for the current Kashmiri uprising and divert attention from its brutal occupation. India's government is delusional if it believes that it can "isolate" any country. It is India itself, which because of its war crimes in Kashmir and elsewhere, and because of its warmongering, is likely to be isolated in the international community. It is India that has long been a sponsor and practitioner of state terrorism. Over the course of the last half century, India has sponsored and perpetrated terrorism and aggression against all its neighbors; creating terrorist groups; destabilizing and blockading neighbors to do its strategic bidding and sponsoring subversion, sabotage and terrorism in various parts of Pakistan. The recently captured Indian spy, an intelligence officer, Kulbhushan Yadav, has confessed to India's support to such terrorist and subversive activities particularly in Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Indeed, it was Kulbhushan, who was financing, arming and supporting individuals and entities listed under the UN sanctions regime. India's policy of interference in Pakistan, especially its attempt to destabilize Balochistan, is now on record. This is blatant violation of the principles of the UN Charter.

Instead of aiming to destabilize Pakistan, the Indian Government would do well to address India's own vast internal problems and the dozen or so insurgencies going on in its own country. For the Indian Foreign Minister to claim that her country has imposed no preconditions for talks with Pakistan is another falsehood. India suspended talks more than a year ago, and has refused to resume them despite repeated offers from Pakistan and advice from the international community. The latest offer was made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan from the rostrum of this very Assembly. But let us be clear, talks are no favor to Pakistan. They are in the interest of both India and Pakistan and the people of our two countries. Let me reiterate that Pakistan is ready and willing for serious and result oriented talks with India, especially to resolve the longstanding core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, which is imperative for durable peace, stability and development in the region.

NA passes unanimous resolution condemning Indian claim in UNGA

Rising on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah demanded convening of joint session of the Parliament for discussion on Kashmir issue in the wake of bellicose statements issued by Indian leadership. He said India is raising new issues to pressurize Pakistan. He said Kashmir issue has acquired importance due to increased atrocities by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. He said there is a need to hold a thorough debate in the Parliament on the issue. Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that Pakistan is gaining support of international community on the issue. The Advisor said Pakistan will not accept any pressure from India and continue to expose brutal Indian atrocities being perpetrated in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces. He said Pakistan will continue to highlight worsening human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The National Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution condemning the Indian claim in the UN General Assembly that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India.

Indian external affairs minister's statement at UNGA pack of lies: Maleeha

Pakistan's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi says the Indian External Affairs Minister's statement at the United Nations General Assembly is a pack of lies. Talking to PTV on Monday, she said the Indian minister described Kashmir as an integral part of India, which is a blatant lie as Kashmir has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council as a disputed territory. Maleeha Lodhi said another lie is that the Indian External Affairs Minister denied any human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. The entire world has noticed the worst human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and also raised voice of concern over them. She said the world has seen who has adopted the constructive approach and who is denying every option.

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