Pakistan on Monday (25 June) hid behind multiple Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to attack India and rake up the issue of Kashmir at the world body.
During discussions on the promotion and protection of human, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights at UNHRC, at least three delegates from largely unknown NGOs accused India of violating human rights in the Valley.
The NGOs Pakistan used to attack India include the Karachi-based World Muslim Congress, Ghana-based African Commission of Health and Human Rights Promoters and an unknown outfit called United Villages.
Given that these organisations are not known, it is likely that Pakistan propped them up to rake up the Kashmir issue at a time when India has rejected a report on Kashmir prepared by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein as "fallacious, tendentious and motivated".
Using it right to reply, India said Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of Jammu and Kashmir and uses terror proxies to destabilise the entire region. The Indian delegation also reminded Pakistan of the unrest in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and said it is torturing its own people.
At UN General Assembly in New York, the Indian delegation said no amount of “empty rhetoric” by Islamabad can change the reality.
"While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir," the Indian delegation said.
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