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Provide freedom to people in PoK: India to Pakistan at UN

India called Pakistan to "to end forced conversions and marriages of minorities, including Hindu, Sikh and Christian women, and prosecute all cases." Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States Nov 14, 2017, 01.42 AM (IST)

The Indian government in the United Nations appealed to Pakistan to "dismantle special terrorist zones and safe havens in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir" (PoK) at the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

In a statement, India said: "Provide freedom to people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) by ending its illegal and forceful occupation and to stop torture, enforced disappearances and unlawful killing."

India also called Pakistan to "to end forced conversions and marriages of minorities, including Hindu, Sikh and Christian women, and prosecute all cases."

India requested Islamabad to fulfil international obligations under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Vienna Convention on Consular Relation (VCCR) and "stop attacks on Muslim minorities".

Sumit Seth, first secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to UN urged Pakistan to stop the targeting of political dissidents and illegitimate criticism in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, stop torture, enforced disappearance and unlawful killings, including that of journalists and activists by its security agencies.

India also said Pakistan "should stop persecution of Muslim minorities such as Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras."

In September, making a statement during the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, India had said that cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan was the fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir.

India had said that 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.

India 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.

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