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India criticizes Pakistan, says it is using the UNHRC for “malicious propaganda” | India News


GENEVA: India criticized Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday for deliberately misusing the forum for its malicious propaganda against New Delhi.
Pawankumar Badhe, first secretary of the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, also criticized the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) for its statement on Jammu and Kashmir as it has no locus standi to comment on such matters.
Using his right of reply under Agenda Item 2 at the 46th session of the HRC in response to a statement by the representative of Pakistan, Badhe said: “Pakistan’s deliberate misuse of this august forum for its Malicious propaganda against India, in order to divert the Council’s attention from its own grave human rights violations, has remained a constant. ”
“We reject the reference to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the OIC statement. It has no locus standi to comment on matters related to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India,” said Pawankumar Badhe.
India said Pakistan, a country in dire economic straits, must stop state-sponsored cross-border terrorism and end the institutionalized violation of the human rights of its minority and other communities.
“Pakistan, a country in dire economic straits, will do well to stop wasting the time of the Council and its mechanisms, stop state-sponsored cross-border terrorism, and end the institutionalized violation of the human rights of its minority and other communities. “, Pawankumar Badhe said.
“The members of this Council are well aware that Pakistan has provided pensions to listed and feared terrorists with state funds and has the dubious distinction of hosting the largest number of terrorists banned by the United Nations,” Badhe said.
The Indian diplomat recalled that Pakistani leaders have admitted that “it has become a factory for terrorists.”
“Pakistan has ignored that terrorism is the worst form of human rights abuse and supporters of terrorism are the worst violators of human rights,” added the Indian diplomat.
Badhe said the council should ask Pakistan why the size of their minority communities such as Christians, Hindus and Sikhs has been drastically reduced since independence and why they and other communities such as Ahmadiyyas, Shiites, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Baloch, have been subjected to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuses and forced conversions.
“Enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and arbitrary arrests of those who try to speak out against the establishment are rampant in Pakistan and have been carried out by state security agencies with impunity,” said the diplomat.
(With contributions from the agency)

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