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Kashmir is NOT an integral part of India: Pakistan

Last updated on: October 11, 2011 14:55 IST

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In provocative comments, Pakistan on Tuesday claimed that Jammu and Kashmir has never been an "integral part" of India and sought a United Nations-led plebiscite to determine the will of the Kashmiri people, evoking an angry rebuttal by India which termed the remarks as "unwarranted".

"Jammu and Kashmir is neither an integral part of India, nor has it ever been so," Tahir Hussain Andrabi, counselor at Pakistan's Permanent Mission to the UN, said during a debate at the General Assembly.



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Raising New Delhi's hackles, Pakistan's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Raza Bashir Tarar said, "In South Asia, the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of JK had been recognised by a number of Security Council resolutions. Indeed, the UN decolonisation agenda would be incomplete without the resolution of the JK dispute."

He said that Pakistan was committed to finding a peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which would lead to "durable peace and stability" in South Asia.



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Responding to the statement, Indian representative R Ravindra (First Secretary) said the reference made by the Pakistani official to Jammu and Kashmir "is unwarranted and completely irrelevant to the work of this Committee."

"I would like to remind the distinguished representative of Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their free will by participating in free and fair elections held at regular intervals," Ravindra said in exercise of the right of reply.



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