United Nations, Oct 5: India today strongly hit back at Pakistan, saying the "sell-by date" of the country's "anachronistic approach" is long over and there is absolutely no support in the world body for claims on Kashmir by a nation that established itself as a "global epicenter" of terrorism.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin strongly rejected remarks on Kashmir made by Pakistan's envoy Maleeha Lodhi during a UN General Assembly debate on 'Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation'.
"We have heard one such lone voice again a short while ago, making claims to an integral part of my country. This comes from a country which has established itself as a global epicenter of terrorism," Akbaruddin said.
He said claims by Pakistan on Kashmir find no resonance amongst the international community, with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raising the Kashmir issue in his General Assembly address also finding no support.
"Just less than 10 days ago, the GA (General Assembly) hall witnessed a singular lack of support for Pakistan's baseless claims. Need one say more," he said. Akbaruddin asserted that India's 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.