- India responded after Pak envoy to the UN made a Kashmir reference
- First Secretary Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu spoke in India's Right of Reply
- Jammu and Kashmir inalienable part of India: Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi's reference came during her remarks on Monday in the General Assembly debate on 'The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity.' Ms Lodhi said people in Kashmir are among victims of "egregious crimes" such as killings and mass-blinding.
India exercised the Right of Reply, strongly rejecting Pakistan's reference to Kashmir in the 193-member UN body.
"While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir," First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu said in India's Right of Reply.
In her remarks earlier in the day, Ms Lodhi had said if the international community is "selective" in its approach where it is expressing indignation at some transgressions while choosing to willfully ignore others, then any norm will be quickly turned into mere pretense.
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