India has dismissed remarks made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) "has not directly observed any firing across the LoC related to the latest incidents", a reference to the surgical strikes conducted by India on September 29 targeting terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said that Pakistan approaching the United Nations on the issue of surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC has not found any resonance in the world body and rejected claims that the UN mission monitoring ceasefire "has not directly observed" any firing along the LoC.
"I have nothing to say because what [Dujarric] said was 'directly observed' It's a call that they have to take. I cannot place myself in their boots and directly observe something," he said.
"Facts on the ground do not change whether somebody acknowledges or not. Facts are facts, we presented the facts and that?s where we stand," he added.
When at the daily press briefing asked further to explain how UNMOGIP can say it did not observe any firing even as India said it has conducted the surgical strikes, Dujarric repeated that UNMOGIP has not "directly observed" any of the firing.
"They are obviously aware of the reports of these presumed violations and are talking to the relevant concerned authorities," he added.