India at UNHRC: Pakistan must stop acting as epicentre of terrorism

India called upon the Council to urge Pakistan to end cross-border infiltration and dismantle the terror infrastructure. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Geneva, Switzerland Sep 19, 2016, 11.58 PM (IST)
Making a statement during the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Monday, India said that cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan was the fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir.

India said it firmly believes that a policy of "zero tolerance" against terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to its own people, a day after four Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists killed 18 Indian army soldiers in Kashmir.

"India has been a long-suffering victim of terrorism emanating from our neighbourhood. The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan which is so ruthless that it doesn't shy away from using civilians and even children by putting them in harm's way, at the forefront of violent mobs instigated and supported by their handlers from across the border," said India.

India also called upon the Council to urge Pakistan to dismantle the terrorism infrastructure and stop acting as an epicentre of terrorism.

"It is time that moral and material support provided by Pakistan to the perpetrators of this continuing heinous violence on the Indian soil should attract this Council s attention," it added.

India once again raised the "blatant abuse and violation of human rights in the Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and in other parts of Pakistan, including Balochistan."

India said it has moved beyond the country's domestic problem and was adversely impacting the stability of the entire region.

"Pakistan's continued mistreatment of large parts of its own population has created a cauldron of tumult that has begun to jeopardise the safety and security of its neighbouring countries."

It added that the fact that known terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin have been able to hold huge rallies in Pakistan's main cities is a reflection of the state of affairs and can mean only one thing, an active support for such personalities and the designated organisations they lead in blatant disregard of rule of law is the new normal in Pakistan.

"Rather than internationalising issues with India, Pakistan should cleanse itself of its terrorists."

India urged the Council to take a holistic view of this threat and not permit the use of terrorism as state policy to be masqueraded as advocacy of human rights.

(WION with inputs from agencies)