Pakistan, India trade barbs at UN

Boy hit by pellets

12-year-old Omar Nazir of Rajpora Pulwama with pellet injuries in both eyes

"After the statement by the USA over this new situation, we will also have to launch our movement in this way, to gather all organisations in Pakistan to pressure the Pakistani government to hold the right dialogue with America over the Kashmir issue and convince them to go back to the right stance", India's most wanted terrorist said. "It is part of the continued strategy of Pakistan of not only infiltrating terrorists from across the border but also fanning discontent within the Valley by providing support to terror outfits", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in response to a query on whether there has been a shift in Pakistan's strategy vis-a-vis Kashmir where the number of home-grown terrorists has risen.

Referring to the summoning of the Indian envoy by the Pakistan foreign office to raise the Kashmir situation, Mr Swarup said the envoy conveyed that it was an internal matter. "Our High Commissioner stated that India rejects the demarche".

"The legitimacy and the credibility of the Indian State in Kashmir has taken a serious knock", added the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

But separatist leaders say Kashmiris remain alienated and have repeatedly called for three-way talks, including Pakistan, to address grievances.

Meanwhile, Syed Akbaruddin, India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, alleged that Pakistan was misusing the UN platform. "No locus standi and we don't need any gratis advice from anyone", he retorted.

Wani's death sparked off huge demonstrations across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.Government forces fired live rounds and tear gas killing 36 people.

"Wani carried a prize of Rs 10 lakh on his head and no right thinking person can term his killing in an encounter with security forces as an excessive use of force", they said in the statement. Lately voices have been raised that the current Nawaz Sharif government is not doing enough to raise the Kashmir issue and rally support of the global community to condemn Indian violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). According to the FO, Pakistan also expressed its concerns over the detention of Kashmiri leadership in IHK and called upon the Indian government to fulfill its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under United Nations resolutions. The two rivals have fought two of their three subsequent wars over Kashmir, and each administers a portion of the region.

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