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Poison pens don't work for too long: India's envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin slams Pakistan

Indian Envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin speaking on the Kashmir situation at UNSC in New York. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, India Sep 20, 2019, 08.42 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Riya Gupta

Ahead of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting next week, India's envoy to United Nations Syed Akbaruddin has slammed Pakistan who plans to use the world stage to rake up Kashmir. 

In response to a question on how India plans to counter Islamabad's Kashmir rant, Akbaruddin said, "It is for every country to determine its trajectory how it wants to approach global issues. There may be some who stoop low, response to them is we soar high." 

Explaining further Akbaruddin said, "We have seen them, mainstream terrorism in the past and they may now want to mainstream hate speech. It is their call."

"Poison pens don't work for too long. We are confident that we will soar. We will soar when they stoop low," Akbaruddin added.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that he will be using his UNGA speech to raise Kashmir, which the Pakistani leadership has been doing for the last 70 years.

Meanwhile talking about India's engagement at UNGA, Akbaruddin said, "Extent of outreach is unprecedented this time" and "expect concrete tangible action-oriented visible outcomes."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister of State in MEA V Muraleedharan will be reaching out in substantive meetings to 75 plus countries at heads of state/ foreign ministers for at least 30 minutes or more.

PM Modi will be speaking at 10 events that will be broadcast live. The events include--Howdy Modi in Houston, UN Climate Action summit, UN High-level meeting on universal health coverage, Leaders dialogue on strategic responses to terrorist, Third India-Pacific Island Summit, 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi event, Third annual goalkeeper's event, Bloomberg global business forum, First India-Caribbean summit and UNGA address in New York.

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'It is for every country to determine its trajectory how it wants to approach global issues. There may be some who stoop low, response to them is we soar high,' Syed said.