New Delhi: India came down heavily on its neighbour Pakistan at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for attempting to internationalise its internal matter of Kashmir. In a strong response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, First Secretary Sneha Dubey hit out at the neighbouring country for “propagating false and malicious propaganda” against India while nurturing terrorists in their own backyard.
“We exercise our Right of Reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august Forum by bringing in matters internal to my country, and going so far as to spew falsehoods on the world stage,” Dubey said. In what is being perceived as a befitting reply to Pakistan, the Indian First Secretary at UN has managed to garner national attention for her speech at the international forum.
Who Is Sneha Dubey?
Sneha Dubey is a 2012 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. She had first passed the civil services examination in her maiden attempt in the year 2011.
Dubey completed her schooling from Goa and went on receive her higher education in Pune’s Fergusson College. She also holds an MPhil from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Her first job after being recruited in the foreign service was at the Ministry of External Affairs. She was then sent to the Indian Embassy in Madrid in August 2014.
The young officer was also a part of the External Publicity (XP) Division and has served as the PS to External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India.
Sneha Dubey is currently India’s First Secretary at United Nations.
WATCH: Sneha Dubey Hits Out At Pakistan
Pakistan, where terrorists enjoy free pass, is an “arsonist” disguising itself as a “fire-fighter”, and the entire world has suffered because of its policies as the country nurtures terrorists in its backyard, First Secretary Sneha Dubey said in the UN General Assembly on Friday.
“We keep hearing that Pakistan is a ‘victim of terrorism’. This is the country which is an arsonist disguising itself as a fire-fighter. Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror,” Dubey said.
In the Right of Reply, Dubey strongly reiterated that the entire Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.”
Categorically emphasising India’s position, Dubey said New Delhi desires normal relations “with all our neighbours, including Pakistan.” However, it is for Islamabad to work sincerely towards creating a conducive atmosphere, including by taking credible, verifiable and irreversible actions to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross border terrorism against India in any manner.
Indian Women Diplomats At UNGA
Sneha Dubey’s speech at the 76th UNGA has a left a strong impression on the minds of people as several took to Twitter to share and laud her address.
Dubey was one of the three diplomats to deliver a powerful speech as part of Right of Reply at the UNGA. Eenam Gambhir, Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, and Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary, also represented India at the international forum.
Imran Khan Rakes Up Kashmir Issue
Imran Khan in his address had spoken about the August 5, 2019 decision of the Indian government on the abrogation of Article 370 as well as the death of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Khan and other Pakistani leaders and diplomats have consistently raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and other internal matters of India in their addresses to the UN General Assembly and other forums of the world organisation.
Pakistan’s attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue have gained no traction from the international community and the Member States, who maintain that Kashmir is a bilateral matter between the two countries.