Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council held a “closed-door meeting” to discuss India’s scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, reported The Economic Times. After the meeting concluded, India’s Ambassador and Primary Representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin was open to questions at a media briefing that followed.
One of the main questions that the media, especially that of China and Pakistan, asked was why hasn’t India been engaging in a proper dialogue with Pakistan regarding Article 370.
Sources revealed that Akbaruddin made it clear that everything related to Article 370 of the Indan Constitution is “entirely an internal matter of India and these have no external ramifications”.
When a journalist asked him, “When will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?”, Akbaruddin had the most epic reply!
He stepped out of his podium, walked to the journalist and shook his hand. He went on to shake hands with 2 other journalists from Pakistan and said, “Let me begin by coming across to you and shaking your hands.”
Watch the video here:
#WATCH: Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador to UN says,"so, let me start by coming across to you and shaking hands. All three of you," to a Pakistani journalist when asked,"when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?" pic.twitter.com/0s06XAaasl
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
“Let me tell you, we’ve already extended our hand of friendship by saying we are committed to the Simla Agreement. Let us wait for a response on that from the Pakistani side,” Mr Akbaruddin added.
This video now has a separate fan base who are lauding Akbaruddin’s savage response!
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) August 16, 2019
He is cool democratic person.. Politely said don't teach India human rights
— GAURAV THOMBRE DESHMUKH (@gaurav_thombre) August 16, 2019
We as an Indian are proud of Syed Akbaruddin. I our country we have unity in diversity. Pakistani learn from us the real meaning of leaving together with having different religions and respecting them.
— Srivaa (@Srivaa1) August 16, 2019
Syed Akbaruddin is an absolute rockstar. pic.twitter.com/O4wIeOGkQh
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) August 16, 2019
Amazingly composed, charming performance by Syed Akbaruddin, India's ambassador at UN, on #Kashmir. Great show on a difficult wicket.
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 16, 2019
Syed Akbaruddin is a Diplomat par excellence. Takes first three questions from Pakistani media while Chinese and Pakistani diplomats run away from questions. When @AkbaruddinIndia is asked when will you hold dialogue with Pakistan. He walks up to them and shakes hands. Super! pic.twitter.com/YJV1JbXXmw
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 16, 2019
Akbaruddin also went on to shut down many journalists with sass when similar questions of engaging in a conversation with Pakistan came along.
“Stop terror to start talks,” Mr Akbaruddin replied, insisting the neighbouring country to curb terrorism first.
And that’s how it’s done! *mic drop*