Pakistan has once again raised the Kashmir dispute at a UN General Assembly session here, evoking a strong objection from the Indian delegation present on the occasion.
As soon as remarks were made by a Pakistani member, Minister in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN S Srinivas Prasad said that ‘it is a bilateral matter which should not be brought up in the UN forum’.
Minister in Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN Masood Anwar had on Tuesday raised the issue while speaking at the 39th session of the UN Committee on Information.
He said that Pakistan appreciates the efforts by the UN’s Department of Public Information in arranging coverage of events related to the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.
"We would urge you to do the same for the people of Kashmir who continue to suffer under foreign occupation,” Anwar said.
Soon after this, Prasad interrupted Anwar’s speech and strongly raised objections to the mention of Kashmir by the Pakistani delegate.
"It is a bilateral issue which should not be brought here,” Prasad told the Chair of the session.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, also present during the session, was heard prodding Anwar to "carry on" speaking even as Prasad raised his objections with the sessions Chair.
Later, before delivering India’s statement at the session, Prasad said that the Kashmir issue was totally unrelated to the forum.
"Before I begin my statement, I would like to thank the Chair for its deft handling and not allowing the elaboration of a subject which is totally unrelated to this forum as was tried by a member state," Prasad said.
The Committee on Information is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly established to deal with questions relating to public information. It is responsible for overseeing the work of the Department of Public Information and for providing it with guidance on policies, programmes and activities of the Department.
With PTI Inputs