India terms Qureshi's remarks on 2014 school attack 'despicable'

The minister reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to engage India into meaningful dialogue

The minister reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to engage India into meaningful dialogue

"Modi government wasted the opportunity for dialogue for the third time due to their negative attitude", he said.

She said that India had proposed a draft document in 1996 on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the United Nations but even till today, that draft has remained a draft, because United Nations member states can not agree on a common language.

India and Pakistan traded insults at the United Nations on Saturday after plans for a rare meeting between the foreign ministers in NY fell through. He referred to extremist attacks in his home country, including one at an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 children, which he said were perpetrated by "terrorists supported by India".

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while representing Pakistan at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY on Saturday, highlighted India's state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, citing the example of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who confessed to the same. "The Kashmir issue should be resolved according to United Nations resolutions, which should be enforced on all parties", Qureshi said. "The despicable insinuation made by the foreign minister of Pakistan dishonours the memory of the innocent lives lost to terrorists that day", Gambhir said.

Eenam Gambhir, India's First Secretary in Permanent Mission to the UN, made the remark while exercising India's right to reply at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session in NY. It has validated Pakistan's view.

She said, at the heart of Prime Minister Modi's transformative vision is an idea that the uplift of any nation is best achieved through the all-round empowerment of women.

"We call for the implementation on its recommendations".

She said the under-developed and developing nations were the worst victim of climate change. India can not continue with the bloody mayhem on the pretext of terrorism for long.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has warned India that if it did any venture across the Line of Control (LoC), or acted upon its doctrine of limited war against Pakistan, it will evoke an effective, strong and matching response. We will welcome a commission on occupied Kashmir. "We believe the resolutions in Paris conference should not be compromised for industrial interests", he said.

Qureshi said Pakistan wanted to engage with "all countries and neighbours on the basis of peace and equality".

"One country has kept the entire South Asian region".

With Qureshi again raking up the Kashmir issue, Gambhir asserted that India is making it clear to the "new government" of Pakistan that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India.

Qureshi, who is on an official visit to the United States (US), is expected to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.

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