India slams Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto for raking up Kashmir at UNSC debate | India News


NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday responded strongly to Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari comments on Jammu and Kashmir at a UN Security Council debate on women, peace and security.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, dismissed Zardari’s statement as “baseless and politically motivated.” “Before I conclude, let me dismiss the frivolous, baseless and politically motivated remarks made by the delegate of Pakistan regarding the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said. Kamboj said that her delegation considered it “unworthy” to respond to “such malicious and false propaganda.”
She emphasized the importance of the women, peace and security agenda and reaffirmed India’s commitment to positive and forward-looking efforts.
Kamboj’s sharp retort came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Zardari referred to Jammu and Kashmir in his remarks to the Council debate held under Mozambique’s Presidency for this month, on the eve of International Women’s Day.
The relationship between the two countries has been strained since India’s warplanes attacked a terrorist training camp in Pakistan in 2019, and the situation worsened after India announced the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special powers in August 2019. India insists that the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment free of terror and hostility for any meaningful engagement.
(With inputs from agencies)


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