External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup has said that India will respond if Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raises the Kashmir issue in his address at the UN General Assembly.
When asked whether India is taking note and will respond if Sharif raises the Kashmir issue at the UNGA, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said, “When a statement comes from him (on Kashmir), then we will reply.”
He also said we are fully prepared to deal with any kind of situation, responding when asked if India is concerned about Pakistan’s attempt to internationalise the issue by raising it at the UN.
Yesterday, a senior Pakistani diplomat in Islamabad had said Sharif is conscious about the importance of Kashmir and would raise the issue at the UNGA. He said the Pakistan Prime Minister, however, would offer several steps to de-escalate the tension and establish peace along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan PM Sharif is scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 30.
Sharif last year had raked up Kashmir issue at the UN, evoking a strong reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who protested to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying, raising bilateral issues on such fora was not the way to resolve them.