India gave a tough message to Pakistan on the issue of “territorial integrity” at the virtual Ministerial Meeting of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) on Friday, “Bandung+65: More Relevant, United and Effective NAM against Emerging Global Challenges, including Covid-19”.
Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan delivered the India Statement where he took on Pakistan, which is a member nation, for raising the issue of Kashmir at the forum.
“Individual members must stop and think before raising issues that are not on the agenda and which find no resonance in the wider membership. NAM never was and never can be a platform for pursuits aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of a State by another State,” said the Indian deputy minister of external affairs.
Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raked up the issue of Kashmir while delivering his country statement.
India reminded the forum that NAM had the potential to take the lead when “we stand together and speak in one voice” he said giving the example of Palestine.
“We can and do have a decisive influence on global outcomes – we can be a force for good,” he said.