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India Slams Pakistan's Baseless Kashmir Claims At UN

India has strongly criticized Pakistan for making ‘baseless remarks’ about Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations. India called these remarks ‘politically motivated and unfounded’. India’s Deputy Representative to the United Nations, R Ravindra, spoke at the UN Security Council’s debate on Children and Armed Conflict. He said Jammu and Kashmir, along with Ladakh, are […]

India has strongly criticized Pakistan for making ‘baseless remarks’ about Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations. India called these remarks ‘politically motivated and unfounded’. India’s Deputy Representative to the United Nations, R Ravindra, spoke at the UN Security Council’s debate on Children and Armed Conflict. He said Jammu and Kashmir, along with Ladakh, are integral parts of India.

Before finishing his speech, R Ravindra stated, “I will briefly address the politically motivated and unfounded remarks made by one representative against my country. I completely reject and condemn these baseless statements with the contempt they deserve.” Then he concluded by stating “This is another habitual attempt to divert attention from grave violations against children in Pakistan.” He emphasized that Jammu and Kashmir are, and will always be, part of India.

During the UNSC debate, R Ravindra emphasized that the annual discussion has consistently raised awareness about the challenges children face in armed conflicts and the importance of preventing these violations. “This year marks 25 years since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1261 on children and armed conflict. Over the years, this debate has highlighted the difficulties children face in these situations and helped the international community recognize the need to prevent and end these violations,” said the Indian envoy. “We appreciate the efforts of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. However, much progress is still needed due to the changing nature of armed conflicts and the varied vulnerabilities children face,” he added.

R Ravindra expressed deep concern over severe violations against children in conflict zones, stressing that terrorist actions, including abuse and exploitation, require greater focus and decisive action. “This year’s SGS report provides a sobering account of the increasing threats faced by children in conflict zones. Terrorists and armed groups are responsible for most violations. National governments have the primary responsibility for protecting children’s rights as mandated by the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” he stated. “We continue to encourage Member States to ratify the optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child regarding children’s involvement in armed conflict and to establish robust legal frameworks for child protection. The abuse, exploitation, and other grave violations against children by terrorists need greater focus and determined action,” he added.

He noted that children are particularly vulnerable to indoctrination by extremist ideologies promoting terrorism, and this issue can only be addressed through strong government action. “The importance of quality education and skill development cannot be overstated. Digital tools for education and support offer new opportunities for children in conflict situations,” Ravindra said. “Protecting schools, especially girls’ schools, and healthcare facilities must be a priority. A more inclusive approach is needed to protect child victims of armed conflicts. Special attention is required for children facing relocation and reintegration. Those who grow up in conflict and post-conflict situations often need a fresh start,” he added.

India acknowledges the importance of adequate resources and a sufficient number of child protection advisors in peacekeeping missions for effective child protection. Ravindra reaffirmed India’s commitment to supporting the UN’s efforts to protect children in armed conflicts. “The right to a joyful childhood leading to a life full of opportunities is a fundamental right of every child. The health, education, and abilities of our children and young people will determine humanity’s well-being and strength. Children are the future of the world. Let me conclude by reiterating India’s firm commitment to supporting the UN’s efforts to protect children in armed conflict situations,” Ravindra said.

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