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India rejects ‘untenable comments’ by Nawaz Sharif on Jammu & Kashmir in UN

India has strongly rejected the "untenable comments" made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Jammu & Kashmir in the UN general assembly, asserting that the people of the state have peacefully chosen their destiny in accordance with universally accepted democratic principles, on Saturday.
Exercising its Right of Reply on the floor of the general assembly to the comments made by Sharif, India said that the Pakistan Prime Minister made "unwarranted references" in his address to the UN session earlier on Friday.
First secretary in the Indian mission to the UN said in the general assembly, Abhishek Singh, said, “I would like to bring to the notice of this august House that the people of Jammu & Kashmir have peacefully chosen their destiny in accordance with the universally accepted democratic principles and practices and they continue to do so. We, therefore, reject in their entirety the untenable comments of the distinguished delegate of Pakistan.”
While, raising the issue of Jammu & Kashmir in the UN, Sharif had said that a "veil" cannot be drawn on the issue of Kashmir.
Blaming India for the cancellation of the Foreign Secretary level talks between the two countries in August, Sharif had said it was "another missed opportunity" to settle disputes and build economic and trade relations. He said that, "We were disappointed at the cancellation of the Foreign Secretary-level talks. The world community, too, rightly saw it as another missed opportunity. Pakistan is convinced that we must remain engaged in the dialogue process for settling disputes and building economic and trade relations. Let us not ignore the dividends of peace."
He said that said that over six decades ago, the United Nations passed resolutions to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. "We were disappointed at the cancellation of the Foreign Secretary-level talks. The world community, too, rightly saw it as another missed opportunity. Pakistan is convinced that we must remain engaged in the dialogue process for settling disputes and building economic and trade relations. Let us not ignore the dividends of peace."
Sharif repeated that the "core issue of Jammu and Kashmir" has to be resolved. "This is the responsibility of the international community. We cannot draw a veil on the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of J&K," he added.
He said that it is his government’s "aspiration and effort" to build a peaceful neighbourhood by pursuing a policy of constructive engagement. "Pakistan is ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations. Our support and advocacy of the right to self-determination of the people of J&K is our historic commitment and a duty, as a party to the Kashmir dispute.

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