- Responding to Maleeha Lodhi’s allegations, India says it is a ‘lonely voice from the wilderness’ to keep alive Kashmir issue
Pakistan has raked up the Kashmir issue again at the U.N. with its Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi accusing India of spreading terrorism in the Valley, but India described her diatribe as a “lonely voice from the wilderness”.The High-level Segment of the UN General Assembly last week had witnessed heated exchanges between India and Pakistan on the issue.
Accusing India of human rights violations, Ms. Lodhi warned India against aggression. “Do not underestimate Pakistan’s resolve and capacity to defend itself. Any aggression or intervention will meet a matching and effective response from our armed forces and the people of Pakistan,” she said, adding that India was making false claims about last year’s “surgical strike” across the Line of Control.However, “this provides Pakistan sufficient reason to respond in the exercise of its right to self-defence. By making such false claims and blatant threats, are India’s leaders attempting to provoke a conflict with Pakistan?” she said.
Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir responded to Ms. Lodhi. “Even while we have heard speakers address concerns of the present and the future, you have heard a lonely voice from the wilderness articulate a narrative of the past … It is focussed on a topic that is not even been deliberated for decades at the United Nations, an issue which that delegation tries to keep alive by procedural stratagems even while the world has moved on . Yesterday’s people reflecting antiquated mindsets of the bygone times are symbolic of what holds us all back,” she said.