New Delhi: A day after Pakistan sought the intervention of the international community on Kashmir issue, Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (West) Vikas Swarup on Wednesday called the neighbouring country an epicentre of global terrorism. He also made clear again that Jammu and Kashmir ‘was, is and shall forever remain an integral part of India. Also Read - 'Supreme Court Has Been Slow to Deal With Kashmir Petitions,' Says UNHRC
While addressing the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which is being held in Switzerland from February 24 to March 20, Vikas Swarup called for decisive action against states who direct, control, fund and shelter terrorists.
The statement from India comes a day after Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari alleged that India is still violating the human rights of the Kashmiri people. He had also demanded the immediate repeal of all actions by India on August 5 last year.
On August 5 last year, the Central government had revoked Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union territories.
“The transformative changes brought by our Parliament in last August were meant to strengthen the integration of the state,” Vikas Swarup said at UNHRC.
He also stated that it’s more than a little ironical that the nation that has become the world’s leading exporter of terror and violence seeks to lecture others on human rights.
He said despite Pakistan’s best efforts, over decades to destabilise the state through externally-instigated terror and a campaign of canards and untruth, the situation on the ground is quite normal.
The development comes as Pakistan for many months now has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue at global forums, but India has clarified that the abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter.