In a blistering riposte to Pakistani minister Shafqat Mahmood’s propaganda on Kashmir and Ayodhya verdict, the Indian delegation strongly rebutted to the insinuations levelled by Pakistan. The Indian delegation responded at the 40th UNESCO General Conference – General Policy Debate in Paris on Wednesday that the Ayodhya verdict was rooted in the rule of law, equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are alien to the ethos of Pakistan.
#WATCH Paris: India responds to Pakistan Minister Shafqat Mahmood’s propaganda on Kashmir & Ayodhya, at 40th UNESCO General Conference – General Policy Debate. (Source – UNESCO) pic.twitter.com/vv1tCiSw2u
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India’s strongly worded response came after Pakistan Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that he was dismayed by the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case and asserted that it was not in line with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) values of religious freedom.
Terming it as “Juvenile Propaganda”, the Indian diplomat slammed Pakistan for making unwarranted remarks on India’s internal affairs. “Judgment on Ayodhya was based on the rule of the law, equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are alien to the ethos of Pakistan. While Pakistan’s lack of comprehension is not surprising, its pathological compulsion to comment on India’s internal matter, with the obvious intent to spread hatred, is condemnable,” India responded.
Reiterating India’s long-standing stance on Jammu and Kashmir, India said, “The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have and will always remain the integral parts of India. This also includes the territory that is under the illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan.”
India also censured Pakistan for its continued assistance to terrorism that has caused grave human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country. “Tragically, the reality facing us is that Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter of this evil. Pakistan’s political approaches are rooted in terrorist violence and its global engagement is defined by mainstreaming of terrorism as an instrument of statecraft,” the Indian official said.