Geneva (Swizerland): During the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council¹, India focussed global attention on Pakistan and its role in spreading terror by stating that 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.
India, speaking in a right of reply on 19 September, stated that Pakistan continued to fabricate facts and figures over the situation in Kashmir. Pakistan’s illegal occupation of 78,000 square kilometres of the Indian territory continued. The human rights violations in the whole of Pakistan cried out for the world’s attention. Religious and ethnic minorities continued to face discrimination and targeted attacks in Pakistan, and blasphemy laws remained in place. Pakistan was well advised to bring its own house in order and combat terrorism.
India said, it has been a long-suffering victim of terrorism emanating from our neighbourhood, India has stated and underscored that the acts of terrorism are the most egregious violations of human rights as they rob their victims of the most fundamental of human rights: the right to life. This should be clear to any impartial observer of the issue.
Further the Statement goes on to add:
“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: active support for such personalities and the designated organizations they lead in blatant disregard of rule of law is the new normal in Pakistan. Rather than internationalizing issues with India, Pakistan should cleanse itself of its terrorists.
India firmly believes that a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to our own people. We call upon this Council to urge Pakistan to put an end to cross-border infiltration; 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.
The blatant abuse and violation of human rights in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and in other parts of Pakistan, including Balochistan, are 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 jeopardize the safety and security of its neighbouring countries.
The time has come, when the international community needs to address the plethora of human rights concerns in Pakistan because its impact has moved beyond the county’s domestic problem and has begun to affect the region and the world at large. We urge this 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.”
¹ The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.