New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday clarified that Jammu and Kashmir is an internal issue and Pakistan has no locus standi on it. “We are in opposition, we can criticise the govt but outside India, we are one. We won’t give even an inch to Pakistan,” said Tharoor.
These statements had come in the aftermath of Pakistan’s decision to raise the Jammu And Kashmir issue at UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Slamming the neighbouring counry, Tharoor questioned, “Pakistan changed the status of Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK, who gave them the right to point a finger towards us?”
Notably, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday left for Geneva to take up the Kashmir issue at the 42nd session of UNHRC. The two-week session began on Monday and is scheduled to end on September 27. Last week, while chairing the second meeting of Kashmir Cell in Islamabad, the Foreign Minister had said that he will “shake the global conscience on serious human rights abuses” in Kashmir, reported Geo News.
Meanwhile, Former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve noted that raising the bogey of alleged human rights violations in Kashmir will expose Pakistans phoney concerns for the cause. Commenting on the likelihood of Pakistan moving a resolution at UNHRC alleging human rights violations in Kashmir, Salve told news agency IANS, “The safety and security of its people is the responsibility of every constitutional government, and Pakistan’s frustration at its inability to foment violence in Kashmir expressed as a phoney concern for human rights.”
According to reports, the 42nd session of the Council will tackle a wide range of issues, examining 90 reports presented by 25 rights experts from across the world.
Tensions have been simmering between India and Pakistan ever since New Delhi on August 5 revoked Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
In retaliation, Pakistan has formally suspended its bilateral trade with India with immediate effect and until further orders. Islamabad has also permanently suspended the Samjhauta Express, the Lahore-Delhi ‘Dosti’ bus service, and has also shut down the Thar Link Express, its last remaining train link with India.
(With agency inputs)