India highlights Pakistan’s terrorism connections at UNHRC

India News

March 12, 2019.

Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

India today reminded the world of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and gross human rights violations by Pakistan while exercising it Right of Reply (RoR) during the session .

The Indian diplomat Mini Devi Kumam in her first RoR, first rejected the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reports while responding to Pakistan’s allegations of “human rights violations” in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and then enumerating the “suffering” of the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) who are victims of “sectarian” conflict, systemic “army persecution”, “violence”, “terrorism”, extreme economic hardships, “discriminatory” policies and denial of even basic rights.

India thus highlighted Pakistan’s acts of harbouring the UN-designated terrorists like Hafiz Saeed. Speaking at such a global platform, Mini Devi Kumam said, “In gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1267, the UN designated terrorists like Hafiz Mohammed Saeed are freely operating with State support.

“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, suppression of political dissidents and legitimate criticism in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, mass cases of enforced disappearances in northwestern Pakistan, state-sponsored extreme prejudices, religious intolerance and attacks on Muslim minorities, such as Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras,” she said in her statement.

In both the RoRs to Pakistan’s diplomat Qazi Saleem Ahmed Khan, Kumam very strongly raised the issue of terrorism.

India contended that Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorism is the main challenge to protecting the human rights of citizens in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian diplomat reminded Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists such as Masood Azhar. India criticised Pakistan of holding the “infamous” distinction for hosting and being a patron to 132 UN-designated terrorists and 22 terrorist entities.

“The confirmation of using UN proscribed terror organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammed [JeM] as an instrument of state policy by Pakistani military or political leadership is already in public domain. Pakistan’s former National Security Advisor Durrani, former army chief and then president of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf had already admitted Pakistan’s complicity in creating disturbances in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. General Pervez Musharraf has admitted this month that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar carried out terror attacks in India on the instructions of the Inter-services Intelligence of Pakistan. Its current foreign minister has reaffirmed the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief on its soil.”

While the Pakistani diplomat levelled charges of “misinformation” against India, India raised the issue of Pulwama terror attack and the need to take action against Masood Azhar and his terror outfit JeM that took responsibility for the attack.

“Despite its public commitment in January, 2004, not to allow its soil or territory under its control for terrorism against India, Pakistan continues supporting terror attacks against India, the latest being the Pulwama terror attack that took place last month. India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other UN proscribed terror organisations and prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan,” she said on the floor of the Council.

India also iterated its stand that Jammu and Kashmir is an “integral” part of India. To Pakistan’s contention on “plebiscite” and “self-determination”, Mini Kumam said, “Pakistan is reminded again that the principle of self-determination is applicable to colonial territories and can’t be misused as an instrument to erode territorial integrity and sovereignty of any member state.”