India strongly criticized Pakistan's caretaker leader for bringing up the Kashmir issue during his address to the UN General Assembly, urging Pakistan to focus on credible action against perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks instead of engaging in "technical sophistry." First Secretary Petal Gahlot of India's Permanent Mission to the UN issued this response, stating, "Pakistan has been the home and patron to the largest number of internationally proscribed terrorist entities and individuals in the world. Instead of engaging in technical sophistry, we call upon Pakistan to take credible and verifiable action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, whose victims await justice even after 15 years."
She outlined three actions Pakistan should take for peace in South Asia, including stopping cross-border terrorism, vacating Indian territories under its illegal occupation, and ending human rights violations against minorities, PTI reported.
In response to Pakistan's desire for peaceful relations, Gahlot reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of India and stated, "Pakistan has no locus standi to comment on our domestic matters." She highlighted Pakistan's poor human rights record, particularly concerning minorities and women's rights.
India accused Pakistan of being a "habitual offender" for misusing the UN forum to peddle "baseless and malicious" propaganda against India, diverting attention from its own human rights issues. Gahlot pointed to systemic violence against minorities in Pakistan, including the recent attacks on the Christian community and the demolition of Ahmadiyya places of worship.
She also highlighted the dire conditions faced by women from minority communities in Pakistan, citing a report by Pakistan's own human rights commission, which revealed cases of abduction, forced conversion, and marriage of an estimated 1000 women from minority communities annually in Pakistan.
This exchange is part of a longstanding pattern, with India frequently dispatching its young diplomats to deliver robust responses to Pakistan's leaders at the UN, especially on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.