At UN rights body, India raises Pakistan’s excesses in Balochistan

Islamabad had raised the issue of Kashmir unrest and alleged human rights violations at the UNHRC.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2016 8:10 am
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India’s strong response at the UNHRC follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements at the all-party meeting and the Independence Day last month.

India Wednesday raised Pakistan’s human rights violations in Balochistan at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, while responding to the charges of its own track record in Kashmir. Islamabad had raised the issue of Kashmir unrest and alleged human rights violations at the UNHRC.

Exercising its second right to reply, India said Wednesday, “Pakistan has alleged human rights violations in India. Our credentials as a peaceful, democratic, pluralistic society that is deeply committed to the welfare of its people are well established. On the contrary, Pakistan is characterised by authoritarianism, absence of democratic norms and widespread human rights violations across the country, including Balochistan. The institutions of governance in Pakistan have corroded to such an extent that it has become a hub for the global export of terror.”

In its first right to reply, it had said that Pakistan has once again sought to mask its territorial ambitions and use of terrorism as a state policy under the garb of concern for human rights. “This is a country, which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan, as well as of the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. While advocating restraint to others, it has no hesitation in using air power against its own people,” the Indian statement said.

India’s strong response at the UNHRC follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements at the all-party meeting and the Independence Day last month. The verbal duel has been continuing with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif sending envoys to more than 20 countries to highlight their point of view.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tehmina Janjua, said that J&K is an international issue recognised as such by a number of UNSC resolutions. “Despite the broad-based indigenous nature of the latest uprising … India continues to cast aspersions on its indigenous nature. But this is hardly surprising as it is the characteristic of oppressive regimes to label those struggling for their rights as terrorists.”

India Wednesday said it has shared evidence of terrorists who came from across the border with instructions to target the security forces by mingling with protesting crowds and using them as human shields.

“Terrorism, I would emphasise, is the most egregious violation of human rights,” India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, Ajit Kumar, said during the General Debate on the oral update by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 33rd Session of Human Rights Council. India’s statement came in reaction to remarks by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the situation in J&K.

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    khan
    Sep 15, 2016 at 2:24 am
    Is there someone in foreign office to advise these representatives. India is going into pre set traps. Now stan has the right to ask for human rights violations in Kashmir , chatesgarh, am,bodoland,tamilnado,mesoram,am and most importantly killing of Muslims for beef. stan will agree to send human rights groups to visit Balochistan as stan is fighting war on terror. Will India allow access to these states fighting for independence....... Diplomatic scoring is always possible
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      K.M.zafar
      Sep 15, 2016 at 2:42 am
      The indian version on Baluchistan is totally absurd. India must stop atrocities and use of force against innocent Kashmiries.
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        Tanveer
        Sep 15, 2016 at 2:30 am
        Is there someone in foreign office to advise these representatives. India is going into pre set traps. Now stan has the right to ask for human rights violations in Kashmir , chatesgarh, am,bodoland,tamilnado,mesoram,am and most importantly killing of Muslims for beef. stan will agree to send human rights groups to visit Balochistan as stan is fighting war on terror. Will India allow access to these states fighting for independence....... Diplomatic scoring is always possible
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          Deshu
          Sep 15, 2016 at 10:16 am
          Indian has Kept stan busy and engaged over Kashmir Issue since stan's Independence. This virtually made it isolated from other countries specially from muslims states.It has become economically backward and poverty ridden. Every country looks at it as a rogue country in world which harboring terrorist activities, spread all over world. Its real face had been exposed when wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden was found hiding for six years in stan and subsequently killed there.As such it can not have any credibility or respect in world body Even recent activities in Kashmir have been ignored knowingly by all superpowers including China.It has become bankrupt in all fields specially economically,Socially Politically and ,wisdom wise and above all all countries look at a heaven for Terrorists.
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            maz
            Sep 15, 2016 at 4:41 am
            LOL unlike stan India's ministry of external affairs already is well versed with UN HRC charter. It does not matter if stan asks about Kashmir or am - both are internal parts of India and it does not matter to India either way. Further, ANY state has a right to ask about any part of the world and India has no reason to be worried about anything in Chattisghar or am or Tamil Nadu (lol). Killing Muslims is illegal in India and like all crimes - the case falls under the law of the land to pursue. The Cow is protected in India and people violating the law will be punished based on the state they live in. stan itself is the terrorist state - how can they fight a war on terror in Balochistan when their biggest terrorists are in Rawalpindi and Islamabad in uniform ? LoL stan can try its best - it is a failed state and even Afghanistan, Bangladesh and others are pointing fingers . Go ahead, let the stani Foreign Offfice expose itself and try to talk about "terrorism" - while UN sanctioned terrorists walk freely and hold mive rallies in the streets of stan everyday.
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