India slams Pak for raking up Kashmir issue at UNSC

India slammed Pakistan over raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at a Security Council debate on women, peace and security and said that it is unworthy to respond to such “malicious and false propaganda”. While addressing the United Nation Security Council, on Tuesday, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said, “Let me dismiss the frivolous, baseless and politically motivated remarks made by the delegate of Pakistan regarding the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. My delegation considers it unworthy to even respond to such malicious and false propaganda. Rather, our focus is where it shall always be positive and forward-looking.” “Today’s discussion is critically important to strengthen our collective efforts to accelerate the full implementation of the women’s peace and security agenda. We respect the topic of the debate and we recognize the importance of time. As such, our focus shall remain on the topic,” she added. This statement came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari referred to Jammu and Kashmir in his remarks to the Council debate. In her speech at UNSC, Kamboj said that the violence perpetrated by terrorists against women and girls remains rampant and should be strongly condemned while calling for adopting a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of terrorism. “women and girls suffer invariably and disproportionately. Violence against women and girls perpetrated by terrorists remains rampant. This deserves the strongest condemnation and calls for the adoption of a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of terrorism,” she said. Appreciating that UNSC resolution 1325, India’s envoy to the UN said that this was pathbreaking as it ushered in a gendered perspective to the maintenance of international peace and security. It is for the first time recognized that women are disproportionately affected by violence and that their participation in the peace processes is indispensable for forging lasting p