New Delhi: India has urged the international community to take action against so-called “Kashmir Desks” or “Kashmir cells” that have been set up by Pakistan at its embassies and diplomatic missions in several countries with an agenda to spread falsehood and radicalise the local population, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Wednesday.
In a written reply to the Parliament on a question pertaining to the matter, Mr Muraleedharan said that Pakistan had announced on August 17 that it would set up “Kashmir Desk/Kashmir cells” at its embassies in different countries. The minister further explained that Pakistan’s purpose for doing so is to incite the local population and radicalise them by spreading falsehood.
“The government has urged foreign countries to realise the dangers posed by these Kashmir cells and take appropriate action in this regard,” the statement read.
The setting up of so-called “Kashmir Desks” is the latest in the series of moves by Pakistan to mislead and spread falsehood over India’s decision to abrogate Article 370 – a temporary provision in the Constitution that had accorded a ‘temporary special status’ to Jammu and Kashmir.
India has maintained that the move to scrap the temporary provision in its own Constitution is its “sovereign right and an internal matter” – a stance which has been supported by nearly all the countries across the world, including nearly all SAARC countries.
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