High time Pakistan abandon eyeing Kashmir: India

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syed akbaruddinDismissing remarks made by Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that New Delhi was not threatening the peace in the region. He said it was high time Pakistan abandon its pursuit for Kashmir, he said in defense against Pakistan’s accusations that India was escalating tensions there.

Lodhi made these comments during a General Assembly debate on ‘Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation.

With Pakistan going to various global fora, includig the UN, would not give it the area it was seeking. Taking a leaf from Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UNGA, he said, “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

Emphasising that Pakistan’s claims were finding no place in UN, he said, “The sell-by date of Pakistan’s anachronistic approach is long over.”

While this was so, as per intelligence reports, several calls were made to villagers apparently by Pakistan agents to withdraw information about army units in Punjab and Jammu border areas. The latest call on October 6 morning was made by a person who introduced himself as a Delhi-based intelligence officer. He wanted to know about the position of an infantry battalion and some more details.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government has warned the military that the country was being isolated internationally and it was time action was taken against banned terrorists groups.

According to media reports, Sharif also favoured that Mumbai attacks trial, which was stopped, be restarted and Pathankot probe be started afresh.

These decisions were taken at an undisclosed location in Pakistan on October 3 where the ISI and the NSA chiefs were directed that military-led intelligence agencies shouldn’t interfere if action was taken against banned militant groups.