Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative at the United Nations, addressed the media on Friday after the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) meet in New York. During the briefing, he was questioned by another Pakistan journalist asking "when will India begin a dialogue with Pakistan?". Responding to the question, in a spontaneous gesture, Syed Akbaruddin immediately went to the Pak reporter and shook his hand and another Pak reporter's hand.
"Let me begin with you by shaking your hands," Akbaruddin told the Pak reporter on his question.
Responding to the questions on talks with Pakistan, he reiterated that India has already begun dialogue with Pakistan by saying that it is committed to the Simla Agreement.
"We have already extended our hands of friendship by saying that we are committed to the Simla Agreement. Let us wait for a response on this from Pakistan's side," Akbaruddin added.
Syed Akbaruddin significantly answered three questions from three Pakistan reporters each and one each from international media reporter and Indian media reporter. "So that you don't have any doubts that I have answered three Pakistan questions," he said adding to his remarks.
Further, the Indian representative at UN gave a stern warning to Pakistan in order to initiate dialogue, calling for a full stop on terror activities.
"Using terror to try and push your goals is not the way a normal state behave in - Stop terror to start talks," he said in a stern warning to Pakistan.
Answering the questions of the reporters the press meet, Syed Akbaruddin reiterated that Article 370 is an internal matter of India. When a Pakistani reporter asked him on the prevailing tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, he admitted that Article 370 "could be an internal matter", which is "enshrined in the Indian Constitution". Immediately responding to the questions of the Pakistani reporter, Syed Akbaruddin thanked the reporter for admitting that Article 370 is an internal matter and a part of the Indian Constitution.
India's UN representative Syed Akbaruddin stated that the UNSC appreciated India's effort to resolve the Kashmir issue. He also added that India's stance remains the matters related to article 370 were internal to India though two states tried to pass it off as the will of the international community.
"At the UN Security Council's closed consultations we noted that the two states who made national statements tried to pass it off as the will of the international community. Our national stance was and remains that matters related to article 370 in the Indian Constitution is entirely an internal matter. These have no external ramifications," he said.