United Nations–India on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan – a country that has “established itself as a global epicentre of terrorism”, and asked it to abandon its “futile quest” of Kashmir.
India’s Permanent Representative in the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, in his statement on the Work of the Organization, also called for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations’ governance architecture.
Roundly attacking Pakistan, he said some countries use terrorists as proxies in their territorial quests. “Just less than 10 days ago the GA Debate witnessed a singular lack of support for Pakistan’s baseless claims. Need one say more. Our response to Pakistan is consistent. Abandon your futile quest. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so. No amount of misuse of international fora by Pakistan will change that reality. The sell by date of Pakistan’s anachronistic approach is over.”
He said the UN has become unresponsive to the needs of our time and ineffective to the meeting the challenges it is confronted with.
“It is a body that ponders for 6 months on whether to sanction leaders of organizations it has itself designated as terrorist entities. At best, it is now a body that can be described as an interesting and random mix of Ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. The Global governance architecture now calls for comprehensive reform.”
On the issue of terrorism, he said the UN is yet to come up with a coherent policy let alone take the lead on one of the biggest threats to global peace and security. “It is near impossible to argue the case of relevance of the UN on the issue of terrorism where even adoption of an international norm to “prosecute or extradite” terrorists evades us despite 20 years of talk,” according to a statement.