Pakistan will waste time by raising Kashmir issue in UNGA

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

Syed Akbaruddin has listed five major issues Sushma Swaraj will focus on during the upcoming UNGA session: United Nations reform, counter-terrorism, migration, climate change, and peacekeeping.

India has favoured a discussion in the UN General Assembly, the first in 12 years, on "Responsibility to Protect" and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would deliver her address on September 23. Kumar said, "Pakistan foreign minister is going there for a regional meeting".

"The "Responsibility to Protect" was one of the foremost of every state and, as such, India would support the inclusion of such an item on the agenda for the current session", he said.

"In UNGA there has been no formal debate on Kashmir since 40 years".

As many as 113 countries, including India, voted in its favour while 21 others, including Pakistan, Iran and Cuba, opposed the idea of having a debate, with many of them challenging the definitional and political aspects of these issues. "So, if such issues are raised on which no debate has been done ever then they (Pakistan) are wasting their time", he told in an exclusive interview to ANI.

Akbaruddin also reiterated that Masood Azhar was a criminal, and said New Delhi's won't sit idle till the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader is brought to book.