New Delhi: A day after calling out Pakistan as the “pernicious cradle of terrorism” at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), India exercised its Right of Reply and said the entire world knows about the neighbouring country’s dismal human rights records. Also Read - India retain top spot in ICC Test Team rankings
Slamming Pakistan for raising concerns and seeking intervention over the Kashmir issue, India noted that before preaching others, the country must look into its own terrorism records. Also Read - 2nd Test: Pakistan Register Innings Victory Over Zimbabwe to Sweep Series 2-0
“The International community cannot be misled by the hysterical reactions of Pakistan at all international fora to malign India. The world knows about dismal human rights records of Pak and tight control cannot hide it,” India stated in its right to reply at the 43rd Session of UNHRC. Also Read - Amazon to Add Pakistan to Its Approved Sellers' List. Here's What it Means
Listing down the demands from the neighbouring country before intervening into a personal matter, India asserted that Pakistan must end the illegal and forcible occupation and reverse demographic changes in PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). It added that terror funding and dismantle terrorist camps operating in Pak territories under its control needs to be halted.
India furthered that Pakistan must stop public advocacy and support for terrorists by Pakistan leadership at the highest level and take structural reforms to develop a semblance of democracy in the country. “End harassment and execution of minorities through the misuse of blasphemy law. End forced conversions and marriages of women and girls from Hindu, Sikh & Christian religions,” the document stated.
India also brought up the issue of religious persecution against Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras in the country. Reportedly, since independence, Pakistan has considerably shrunk its size of minority communities with its draconian blasphemy laws, persecution, and abuse of power to forcefully convert religions.
Finally, India stated that Pakistan must stop the recruitment of children for terror activities including suicide bombings in other countries.
Earlier on First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission Vimarsh Aryan had addressed the Council and asserted that Jammu and Kashmir will always remain an integral part of India.
“Jammu & Kashmir has been, is and will continue to be an integral part of India and Pakistan should cease to covet it,” he had said.
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.