India has slammed Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA president), for his remarks on Jammu and Kashmir. It said his “misleading and prejudiced” remarks does “great disservice to the office he occupies”.
At a press conference in Islamabad, Mr Bozkir said it was “Pakistan’s duty” to bring the issue of the Jammu and Kashmir more strongly to the UN. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was also present at the press conference.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reacted strongly, saying Bozkir’s remarks are “unacceptable” and his reference to the Indian union territory is “unwarranted”. “When an incumbent President of the UN General Assembly makes misleading and prejudiced remarks, he does great disservice to the office he occupies. The President of the UN General Assembly’s behaviour is truly regrettable and surely diminishes his standing on the global platform,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Bagchi expressed “strong opposition to the unwarranted references made with respect to the Indian Union Territory of J-K” by Mr Bozkir during his recent visit to Pakistan. He said the comment that “Pakistan is ‘duty bound’ to raise this issue in the UN more strongly are unacceptable. Nor indeed is there any basis for comparison to other global situations.”