India has slammed Pakistan for peddling lies on alleged human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir. It advised Islamabad to “to focus its energies on setting its own house in order and acting against the perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbors,” according to an official release.
In its right to reply at the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, India said on Monday, “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 call upon the Council to urge Pakistan to fulfill its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.”
“Pakistan has had territorial ambitions over Kashmir since 1947 that has 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 78,000 sq km (approx) of Indian Territory in Jammu and Kashmir,” India said.
India pointed out that the human rights violations in entire Pakistan cry for the world’s attention. The people of Balochistan, amongst other provinces, have been waging for decades a bitter and brave struggle against their daily abuse and torture. “Religious and sectarian minorities such as Hindus, Christians, Shias, Ahmaddiyas, Ismailis and others continue to face discrimination, persecution and targeted attacks in Pakistan. Places of worship belonging to minorities have been destroyed and vandalized. Blasphemy laws remain in force and are disproportionately used against religious minorities.”
India also underlined the fact that various international organizations have documented how enforced disappearances continue with impunity, particularly in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement are routinely abducted and unlawfully killed. “Selective but extremely opaque and high-handed use of force by Pakistani authorities has affected civilian populations on a large scale. More than one million people remain displaced as a result of the current and past armed conflicts in the northwest of Pakistan,” India said.