Geneva: Voicing concern for its citizens and the violation of their human rights in Jammu-Kashmir, India reiterated at the UN that one of the challenges it faced was Pakistan’s covert support to cross-border terrorism. (Also read: Terrorists Could Use Sea Route, Warns Navy Chief Admiral Lanba)
Speaking during the 40th Session of UNHRC here on Tuesday, First Secretary of Permanent Mission of India to the UN Mini Kumam said that Pakistan military or its political leadership used UN proscribed terror organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as an instrument of state policy was something that was already in public domain.
While regretting how Pakistan had continued to misuse the Council “for its ritual of raking up malicious propaganda against India,” Kumam said that the issues that really needed to be addressed were “Pakistan’s illegal occupation of part of Indian State of J&K and the suffering of the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). J&K is an integral part of India.”
She said one of the main challenges to protecting the human rights of Indians in Jammu and Kashmir was Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorism. “Pakistan wrecked UN resolutions by violating its obligations to vacate territories under its control,” she added.
Attacking the neighbouring country for the treatment meted out to the minority communities there, Kumam said, “Pakistan is known to the international community for its acts of aggression, harbouring safe havens for terrorists, military courts trying civilians, harassment of minorities through blasphemy law, forced conversions and marriages of minorities in Sindh, Balochistan & Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mass cases of enforced disappearances in north-western Pakistan, state-sponsored extreme prejudices, religious intolerance and attacks on Muslim minorities, such as Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras.”
Meanwhile, the United Nation Security Council’s committee will decide in a couple of days on the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.
India has urged the UNSC to list him under the UN Terror list. United Nations-listed Pakistan-based JeM was responsible for the February 14 Pulwama attack that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.
China has not come out strongly against Pakistan and said security issues constituted an “important topic” in its talks to ease tensions between Pakistan and India following the Pulwama attack.
In the UNSC, the US, the UK and France had moved a proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.
The proposal was moved after India launched airstrikes against a ‘terror camp’ run by the JeM in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunwa province on February 26. The next day, Pakistan also dropped bombs inside Indian territory in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, China, which has three times blocked such moves by India and other members of the UNSC, is yet to announce its stand.
Reports said India has, for the first time, shared with members of the UNSC recent audio recordings by Masood Azhar to show that he has been active in instigating violence and terror in Kashmir.