Jaishankar’s Salvo to Pakistan’s Bhutto after Kashmir remark in UN

15 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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EAM Jaishankar criticised the neighbouring state without naming any nations after Pakistan's counterpart suddenly brought up the Kashmir issue at a UN meeting to discuss multilateralism

Without mentioning any countries, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar criticised the neighbouring state when Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari rudely raised the topic of Kashmir during a UN meeting in New York to discuss multilateralism.

Speaking on behalf of his country, Jaishankar stated that the UN’s reputation depended on how well it handles the major problems of the day, including pandemics, climate change, wars, and terrorism. He went on to remark, “Our discourse must never accept the normalisation of such dangers while looking for answers. The need to defend actions that the rest of the world deems wrong shouldn’t even be a consideration.”

“That surely holds true for state-sponsored international terrorism. Additionally, sheltering Osama Bin Laden and bombing a nearby parliament cannot be used as justification for speaking before this council “He seemed to be referring to Pakistan when he stated that.

Jaishankar’s reaction came when Bhutto raked up the topic of Kashmir during a meeting organised to debate the New orientation for reformed multilateralism (NORM) during India’s December presidency of UNSC.

According to the foreign minister of Pakistan, the UN Security Council (UNSC) is largely in charge of preserving world peace and security.

“The best strategy for advancing peace and resolving disputes is multilateral solutions that fall under the purview of the security council. Parties to a conflict may neither support multilateral process one day, multilateral changes one day and insist on bilateral pathways the next and finally impose unilateral acts, “Without mentioning Jammu and Kashmir by name, he added.

According to Bhutto, Pakistan firmly believes that the Security Council’s active participation may help to settle key security issues, especially those in its region.

He continued, “The UN charter should be universally and consistently upheld as the foundation for multilateralism.

In response to requests for India to join the Security Council, Bhutto remarked “The chances for the great majority of UN member states to be represented on the Security Council would be substantially diminished by the addition of new permanent members to the UNSC. The sovereign equality of all must be upheld, not the supremacy of few.”

Pakistan has discussed its bilateral concerns on the UN platform, which is intended for the international agenda, before. India answers in kind and denounces its abuse of the UN stage.