Congress party leader Shashi Tharoor
Congress party leader Shashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leader and Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor lashed out at Pakistan after it again raised Jammu and Kashmir issue. Tharoor said, that a state responsible for countless cross-border terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir is trying to "masquerade as a champion of Kashmiris".

Shashi Tharoor while speaking at the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a global forum for political multilateral negotiations, held in Serbia, said that, "It's ironic that the state (Pak) responsible for inflicting countless cross border terrorist attacks on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is trying to masquerade as a champion of the international law."

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said Parliament of India will not allow these malicious efforts to succeed. "We expect better from parliamentarians then vituperative mudslingling," he said. "The Indian delegation rebutted baseless allegations of the Pakistani delegation about Jammu and Kashmir at two different sessions," the Lok Sabha secretariat said in a statement and also shared videos of Tharoor's remarks.

He said that Pakistan had raised an issue internal to India and extraneous to their discussions for narrow political gains. The Indian delegation rejected outright and strongly condemned such references, Tharoor said. "Madam chairperson I am a member of Parliament from the leading opposition party in India and we will continue to use our Parliament to discuss and debate with our government on Kashmir and other issues. We will fight our own battles democratically and don't need or welcome interference from across the border," he said.

Tharoor also said, "The statement that we heard from the Pakistani diplomat today is indistinctly unhelpful." "Pakistan is the only government in the world that provides a pension to an individual listed by the United Nations in the Al Qaeda sanctions list. Pakistan is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorists entities listed by the UN. It is frankly absurd to hear fulminations about respect for human rights from representative of such a state when terrorism is the worst possible destroyer of human rights," he said.

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