India Will Soar High If Pak Raises Kashmir Issue At UN: Akbaruddin

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India will soar high if Pakistan "stoops low" by raising the Kashmir issue at a high-level UNGA next week, India's top envoy to the UN Syed Akburuddin said

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India will soar high if Pakistan "stoops low" by raising the Kashmir issue at a high-level UN General Assembly session next week, India's top envoy to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin has asserted on Thursday. He warned that Islamabad may want to mainstream hate speech after normalising terrorism in the past. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on September 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day.

Pakistan to 'forcefully' raise Kashmir

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Prime Minister Khan will "forcefully" raise the issue before the international community during his address to the UNGA. Previously, Imran Khan had alleged that that the Ghotki attack was an attempt to sabotage his speech at UN General assembly. A Hindu principal was booked for blasphemy in Pakistan's Sindh province. At a press conference in New York on Thursday, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin was asked whether he expected the Kashmir issue to come up during the UN General Assembly session, and, if so, how will India tackle it. 

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India will soar high, if they stoop: Akbaruddin

"What you're telling me is that it will be more of the same, much more of the same from the side of one country. If that is so what is our response? So let me put it this way. That it is for every country to determine its trajectory of how it wants to approach global platforms. There may be some who stoop low. Our response to them is we soar high. They may stoop low, we soar high," he said. "We are confident that we will soar. We have given you examples of how we will not stoop. We will soar when they stoop low," he said.

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Akbaruddin also laid out the focus and priorities of Prime Minister Modi when he arrives for the 74th UN General Assembly session. He said a plethora of plurilateral and bilateral engagements and meetings of the Prime Minister outline the examples of how India will soar higher. "What they want to do is their call. We've seen them mainstream terrorism in the past. And what you're now telling me is they may want to mainstream hate speech. It's their call, if they want to do that. Poison pens don't work for too long," he said.

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Indo-Pak tension and article 370 

Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5. Reacting to India's move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter". New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric.

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