India slams Pakistan at UNHRC on terror, human rights record
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Sidhant Sibal & Anas Mallick
In a strongly worded statement at United Nation Human Rights Council(UNHRC), India slammed Pakistan's human right record and conditions of minorities in the country.
In its right to reply delivered by Mini Devi Kumam, first secretary at India's mission at UN HRC in Geneva said, "No amount of hyperbole can hide the dismal human rights record of Pakistan which has been systematically violating the rights and freedoms of people of POK including exploitation of their natural resources. Extrajudicial killings and disappearances in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continue to be the order of the day."
Talking about the harassment faced by minorities through blasphemy law in the country, India said, "Forced conversions and marriages of minority women are routinely carried out with impunity. Even Muslim minorities such as Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras are victims of sectarian violence and systemic persecution."
Imran Khan's government had recently bowed under pressure from the rightwing lobby in the country and had to sack Princeton economist Atif Mian from the country's Economic Advisory Council.
Calling it an irony that Islamabad raised the issue of human rights, the first secretary said, "State, which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar is raising human rights concerns?"
India also lashed out at Organisation of Islamic Cooperation or OIC at UNHRC. Rejecting the reference to Jammu and Kashmir made by Pakistan on behalf of OIC, the first secretary said, "OIC has no locus standi to comment on the internal affairs of India". It advised the grouping to "not allow itself to be misused by an errant member whose greatest and only contribution to the region and the world has been the malice of terrorism."
India's right to reply came after Pakistan raked up Kashmir issue at the UNHRC. Rejecting Pakistan's futile efforts to rake up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, India retorted that "entire State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India" and there can be "no doubt on this fact." According to New Delhi, Pakistan was responsible for 342 terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir which resulted in the death of 120 civilian and security personnel in 2017.
India strongly raised the issue of terror emanating from the country and said perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks continue to roam freely in Pakistan even after 10 years. Interestingly, the Mumbai attack case was heard after 7 weeks at Islamabad's anti-terror country on Wednesday and was adjourned without any proceeding. Pakistan's federal investigation agency prosecutors once again abstained from hearing. The case has been adjourned till 26th September.
Bail plea of six key accused, who had filed for bail on 11th July, remains pending. It is understood that one of the main expectations of New Delhi from the Imran Khan government is to expedite 26/11 case in Pakistan as a proof of its sincerity.
India highlighted that "UN proscribed terrorist entities and individuals actively campaigned and contested in the recently held elections" which "reflects the deplorable state of affairs in Pakistan" and terrorism originating from Pakistan remains the "biggest threat to regional and global peace and security. "