Friday, September 17, 2021

India slams Pak, OIC for raising Kashmir issue at UNHRC

India says it does not need lessons from a ‘failed state’ like Pakistan.

Desk: India has slammed Pakistan as well as OIC for raising the bogey of Kashmir once again at UNHRC and said that it was mere propaganda that Pakistan indulges every time it gets a forum at UNHRC.

Exercising the right of reply by India under Oral update of the High Commissioner under Agenda 2 of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, Pawan Badhe, the first secretary in India’s permanent mission in Geneva said that Pakistan always misuses the forum of UNHRC for its malicious propaganda.

In his reply, Badhe said: “It has become a habit for Pakistan to misuse the platforms provided by the Council to propagate its false and malicious propaganda against my country. The Council is aware of Pakistan’s attempts to divert the Council’s attention from serious human rights violations being perpetrated by its Government, including in the territories occupied by it.”

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He said that Pakistan has failed to protect the rights of its minorities, including Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and Ahmadiyas. Thousands of women and girls from minority communities have been subjected to abductions, forced marriages and conversions in Pakistan and its occupied territories.

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He said that Pakistan has been engaged in systematic persecution, forced conversions, targeted killings, sectarian violence and faith-based discrimination against its ethnic and religious minorities. Incidents of violence against minority communities, including attacks on their places of worship, their cultural heritage, as well as their private property have taken place with impunity. A ‘climate of fear’ continues to drastically impact the daily lives of minorities.

Badhe said: “Dissenting voices from civil societies, human rights defenders, journalists are muzzled daily in Pakistan, with the support of the Government. Enforced disappearances, Extra judicial killings, murders and abductions have been used as a tool for subjugation and to muzzle any form of dissent or criticism. The impunity with which such abuses have been carried out exposes the hollowness of Pakistan’s commitment to human rights.”

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Indian envoy said that Pakistan is a country which has been globally recognized as a country openly supporting, training, financing and arming terrorists including UN proscribed terrorists, as a matter of State policy. The relevant multilateral institutions have been raising serious concerns on its failure to stop terror financing and lack of effective actions against terror entities.

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He also said: “We once again regret and reject the reference made by the OIC to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India. The OIC has no locus standi to comment on internal affairs of India. The OIC has helplessly allowed itself to be held hostage by Pakistan, which holds the Chairmanship of their Geneva Chapter, to subserve its own Agenda. It’s for the members of the OIC to decide if it is in their interest to allow Pakistan to do so.”

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He said that India, as not only the world’s largest democracy but a robustly functional and vibrant one, does not need lessons from a failed State like Pakistan which is the epicentre of terrorism and worst abuser of Human Rights.

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