Pakistan wasting time if it raises Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly

India supported the discussion in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the "Responsibility to Protect" and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity as the world body takes up the issue after 12 years in the backdrop of a looming crisis in South Asia over the Rohingya issue, among others. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would deliver her address on September 23.

A day earlier, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry had said that PM Abbasi would be raising the Kashmir issue at the UN.

"Terrorism will be our main focus, and yesterday when I was listening that America has also said that they will focus on terrorism, so, on this issue, America and India will focus together", he said.

Swaraj and Asif "expected to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit and the SAARC group meetings", the news agency said.

Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative to the United Nation, said that Pakistan is planning to raise Kashmir issue which has not been discussed in UNGA for around last 40 years.

He said, "Pakistan has not formally raised Kashmir issue at United Nations in the last 40 years".

"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. "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. Pakistan and 21 other nations have opposed the discussion.

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