India's UN envoy slams Pakistan, say restrictions in J&K will be gradually removed
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said at the UN headquarters, "Our position was and remains that matters related to Article 370 are entirely an internal matter of India. The recent decisions are intended to ensure that good governance is promoted, socie-economic development is enhanced for our people...We are committed to gradually removing all restrictions. Since the change is internal to India, it has not made any difference to our external orientation. India remains committed (to ensure) that the situation there remains calm and peaceful. We are committed to all the agreements that we've signed on this issue.
"We note that there were some who tried to project an alarmist approach to the situation which is far from the ground realities. Of particular concern is that one state is using terminology of 'jihad' against and promoting violence in India including by their leaders. Violence is no solution to the problems we face. We are in consistent in all our positions that all issues will be resolved bilaterally and peacefully... We stand ready to continue our efforts towards peaceful resolution of all issues in an atmosphere free of violence."