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Indian diplomat takes swipe at Pak for raising Kashmir issue at UN

Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly this week

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

Syed Akbaruddin
Syed Akbaruddin

Taking a jibe at Pakistan, a top Indian diplomat has said Islamabad's decision to raise the issue at the UN, which has not been discussed at the world body for decades, is like 'Miyan ki daud masjid tak'.

India, on the other hand, is focused on progressive, forward-looking agenda during the General Assembly session beginning tomorrow, India's Permanent Representative to the Syed Akbaruddin told reporters here on Saturday.

"I have outlined in our approach, that is progressive forward-looking. We are visionary in our goals. If on the other hand there are other countries, who as you say, focus on yesterday's issues then they are yesterday's people," Akbaruddin said in response to a question on reports that Pakistan plans to raise the issue at the

Pakistan's new Prime Minister is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly this week.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would deliver her address on September 23.

"If they (Pakistan) focus on an issue which has not been on the discussion table in the UN now for decades, not for years, for decades..., if this is what they want to focus on, so be it. To be his own...Miyan ki daud masjid tak," Akbaruddin said, referring to a popular Urdu proverb meaning some people think within a limited focus and are unable to think beyond that.

A day earlier, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry had said that Abbasi would be raising the issue at the UN.

First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 15:36 IST