The Pakistan delegation is exercising its right of reply in regard to remarks made by India’s Minister of External Affairs this morning.
Let me begin by emphasizing that the reference to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the President of Pakistan’s statement was not “unwarranted”. Let me also make absolutely clear that Jammu and Kashmir is neither an integral part of India nor has it ever been. I would now quote the relevant extract from the President’s statement:
“Our principled position on territorial disputes remains a bedrock of our foreign policy. We will continue to support the right of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to peacefully choose their destiny in accordance with the UN Security Council’s long-standing resolutions on this matter. Kashmir remains a symbol of the failures, rather than strengths of the UN system.
We feel that resolution of these issues can only be arrived in an environment of cooperation. By normalizing trade relations we want to create a regional South Asian narrative. This narrative will provide an environment that will mutually benefit the countries of our region.”
The President of Pakistan said no more, no less.
I thank you Mr. President