India criticise Pak for its comment on Kashmir

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United Nations, Nov 4 (UNI) India has strongly criticised Pakistan for its comment on Jammu and Kashmir, describing it as an ''unacceptable reference''.

A Pakistani delegate here yesterday, while addressing the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, had alleged that the border state was witnessing violation of human rights for many years.

''Pakistan's comments pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir constitute a clear interference in the internal affairs of India,'' said Rajiv Shukla, an Indian delegate, adding that the allegations were factually incorrect and bear no relationship to the reality.

He pointed out that the people of Jammu and Kashmir exercised their right of self-determination at the time of India's independence. Since then they have repeatedly participated in free and fair elections at all levels.

''In contrast Pakistan pretends to be concerned over human rights, yet denied even a semblance of such rights to the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)'', Mr Shukla noted.

He restated the Indian government's readiness for talks on all issues, including Kashmir.

''We look forward to the continuation and deepening of a constructive bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan and to a profound transformation of our bilateral relations, so that our two countries can work together on our shared objectives of peace, prosperity and security,'' the Indian delegate said.

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