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Scuttling any efforts for constructive dialogue: Pakistan slams India

Pakistan on Tuesday accused India of consistently scuttling any efforts for a constructive and meaningful dialogue in its neighbourhood.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri made the remarks in response to media queries on External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s tweet regarding India’s priorities during the Presidency of the UN Security Council.

Jaishankar spelled out three key priorities for India during its presidency: voice of moderation; advocate of dialogue; and proponent of international law.

India, currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2021-22 tenure, has assumed the rotating Presidency of the powerful UN organ for the month of August.

“As we take over UNSC Presidency for August, look forward to working productively with other members. India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law,” Jaishankar tweeted on Sunday.

Reacting to Jaishankar’s tweet, FO spokesperson Chaudhri said, “Before preaching moderation to the world, India must set its own house in order.” He claimed that India has consistently scuttled any efforts for a constructive and meaningful dialogue in its own neighbourhood.

Chaudhri said that India’s actions since August 5, 2019 were in “blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, UNSC resolutions and the fourth Geneva Convention”.

The Indian government abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated it into two Union territories.

India has maintained that the issue related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was entirely an internal matter of the country.

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