India issues demarche to Pakistan, wants withdrawal of Burhan Wani stamps

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

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

India cancelled the talks offered by Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan following an attack that foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said had killed three Indian soldiers.

Sushma Swaraj on Saturday addressed the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) 73rd session in NY.

"India used the pretext of postal stamps issued in the name of a Kashmiri activist that also depicts the grave human rights violations, including pellet gun victims, as an excuse to back out from the talks". India called it off only one day after it was announced, following the killing of an Indian border guard in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Qureshi asked Guterres to tell India to stop its "aggressive and jingoistic" narrative in the region, said the report.

Qureshi's afternoon speech prompted a vehement response from India, which exercised its right of reply at the end of the daylong meeting and accused Pakistan of spreading "fake allegations and fake facts".

Referring to the first-ever report on Kashmir published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that had called for an global probe into the numerous violations, he said it had exposed India's face. India's address at the UNGA will begin at 7:15 pm.

During a meeting with the United Nations chief, the foreign minister also discussed issues plaguing the region and agreed that regional peace can only be achieved through dialogue.

Qureshi also reacted to the cancellation of the meeting. Who hosts 132 @UN designated terrorists & patronises 22 entities sanctioned under @UN Security Council 1267 & 1988 resolution regimes?

Rejecting Pakistan's accusations, Eenam Gambhir, India's First Secretary in Permanent Mission of India to United Nations reiterated that talks and terror can not happen hand-in-hand. She said Pakistan's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit. While it may not be the case for Pakistan but for India every loss of life counts.

"We (foreign minister of India and Pakistan) were to meet on the sidelines of this UNGA Session to talk about all issues with India- India called off dialogue the third time for the Modi Government - each time on flimsy grounds". This is a complete lie.

Raking up the Kashmir issue at the UNGA, Qureshi said there can be no lasting peace in South Asia without a "just settlement" of the Kashmir dispute.

Pakistan supports an Afghan peace process led by the Afghan leadership, he said. "Many more are launched inside Pakistan to create terror and mayhem by our eastern neighbour", said Qureshi.

The External Affairs Minister said, while the mastermind of 9/11 Osama Bin Laden was found and brought to justice in Pakistan, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Hafiz Saeed is at large in Pakistan and is eulogised and is being allowed to contest elections and is allowed to threaten India openly.

She also urged the United Nations for an early adoption of the CCIT that was introduced by India to the world body in 1996. She slammed Pakistan for "spawning grounds for terrorism".

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