The most-wanted terrorists of the world have found succour and sustenance in Pakistan, said India’s permanent representative to the United Nations at the 34th session of UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
Source : India Today
By Kritika Banerjee
India today slammed Pakistan for abetting cross-border terrorism at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
Ajit Kumar, India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, said, “The fundamental reason for disturbances in parts of Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism aided and abetted by Pakistan”.
Kumar said that Pakistan built terror outfits to target India but the same are now “devouring their own creator”.
Pakistan’s law minister Zahid Hamid was earlier quoted by Firstpost as saying that India’s claim on the deteriorating human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir being an internal matter “is factually incorrect and legally untenable”.
“Equally false is the Indian narrative that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is about terrorism,” the Pakistan minister said.
WHAT INDIA SAID AND HOW IT DEBUNKED PAKISTAN’S THEORY:
- Members will recognise the irony of a nation that has established a well-earned reputation of being a global epicentre of terrorism.
- Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights. For the last two decades, the most-wanted terrorists of the world have found succour and sustenance in Pakistan.
- The fundamental reason for disturbances in parts of Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism aided and abetted by Pakistan.
- For many years now, Pakistan carried out an intense campaign to destabilise the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir by promoting infiltration and cross-border terrorism; inciting, promoting and glorifying violence and unrest in the Indian state; and raking up the matter through baseless allegations.
- Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the situation there is our internal matter. The Central government and democratically-elected state government have led a system-wide effort last year to restore normalcy in the state in the wake of Pakistan-supported violent unrest.
- The robust and mature Indian democracy proved once again that it has sufficiently strong and adequate mechanisms to redress any internal difficulties even if they are incited from outside. Normalcy has returned as 99 per cent of the students of Jammu and Kashmir have taken their high school examinations and schools have reopened.
- I would also like to point out that Pakistan’s unwarranted references to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions are grossly misleading as Pakistan was required to vacate the parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal and forced occupation.
- Pakistan has created terrorist outfits against India. This monster is now devouring its own creator.
- As the world’s largest democracy with a high degree of diversity, India remains committed to the idea of a just and equitable society.
- Further exercising its right to reply to Pakistan’s statement, Indian representative to Geneva said,”In Pakistan, we are dealing with a state that regards the use of terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft and provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists. The consequences of Pakistan’s actions have spread beyond its immediate neighbors and the international community has finally begun to realize the dangers of Pakistan’s dalliance with terror.”
- My delegation wishes to exercise its right of reply in response to the statement made by Pakistan. We deeply regret Pakistan’s continued misuse of the Council to make tendentious references about internal matters pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan has had territorial ambitions over Kashmir since 1947 that have found concrete expression in the aggression it embarked on in 1947, 1965 and 1999. As on date, Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of approximately 78,000 sq kms of Indian Territory in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights. It is unfortunate that Pakistan’s trust in the methods of terror are so deep that it does not hesitate from using them on its own people in Baluchistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the tribal areas in its northwest. While advocating restraint to others, it has no hesitation in using air power against its own people. This coupled with the utter disregard for the human rights of religious and sectarian minorities has turned Pakistan into the true epicenter of global terror.
- In Pakistan, we are dealing with a state that regards the use of terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft and provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists. The consequences of Pakistan’s actions have spread beyond its immediate neighbors and the international community has finally begun to realize the dangers of Pakistan’s dalliance with terror.
- Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so. We have a robust institutional framework to ensure adherence to rule of law and respect for fundamental rights of the people in Jammu & Kashmir. In contrast, the people of Pakistan as well as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have become victims of sectarian conflict, terrorism and extreme economic hardship due to Pakistan’s authoritarian and discriminatory policies in complete disregard of human rights.
- Pakistan will be well-advised to focus its energies on setting its own house in order and acting against the perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbours instead of ritually raking up alleged human rights violations elsewhere. We, once again, ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner. We also call upon the Council to urge Pakistan to fulfill its obligation under UN Security Council resolutions to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
- We note with regret that the delegate from the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has used this august Council to comment upon India’s internal affairs. We condemn and reject this. Inherent in OIC’s statements on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is a complete inability to understand India’s position. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the OIC has no locus standi in matters concerning India’s internal affairs.