SUMMARY: “Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain an integral part of India. No one can take it away by force.”
Targetting Pakistan squarely, India on Monday told the United Nations that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable part of the country and nobody can wrest it away by force.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a retort to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech last week where he harped on Kashmir, said in the UNGA: “Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain an integral part of India. No one can take it away by force.”
Speaking in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly, she said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended the hand of friendship to Pakistan by inviting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014, and also visiting Lahore last December in a goodwill gesture.
“But what did we get in return? Pathankot, Uri, Bahadur Ali,” she said, referring to the January 2 attack on an air force base in Pathankot that left seven soldiers dead, and the Uri attack of September 18 in which 18 soldiers died, and the capture of Bahadur Ali. (IANS)