United Nations: India has said that the only thing Pakistan can do to help the people of Kashmir is to stop terrorism.
“The only contribution that Pakistan can make is to stop state-sponsored terrorism,” Nitish Birdi, the Minister in India’s UN Mission, said on June 21 replying to the Pakistani envoy’s comment about Kashmiris needing UN humanitarian aid.
He added that Pakistan’s representative continuously misuses UN platforms to spew “malicious and false propaganda” against India “like a broken record”.
Speaking at a session of the Economic and Social Council on Humanitarian Affairs, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Munir Akram had said that the people of Kashmir were “in dire need of humanitarian assistance” and the UN has no access to them.
Exercising the right of reply, Birdi said, “The Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are, and will always remain an integral part of India. This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan.” He added, “No amount of rhetoric and propaganda from any country can deny this fact.”
Ruchira Kamboj appointed Permanent Representative to UN
Ruchira Kamboj, currently Indian ambassador to Bhutan, has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at New York, the Ministry of External Affairs said. She will succeed T S Tirumurti, and is expected to take up the assignment shortly, MEA said.
Kamboj, who joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987, was the All India women’s topper of the 1987 Civil Services batch and the topper of the 1987 Foreign Service batch.
She was posted as a Counselor at India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2002-2005, where she dealt with a wide range of political issues, including UN Peacekeeping, UN Security Council Reform, the Middle East crisis, etc.