February 6, 2023

India additionally highlighted the systematic persecution of minorities in Pakistan. (Representational)


Pakistan must be held “accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism”, India stated, including that Islamabad continues to supply pensions to dreaded and listed terrorists and hosts them on its territory as its state coverage.

Exercising its proper to answer following Pakistan’s remarks on the forty seventh Session of the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC), New Delhi highlighted the systematic persecution of minorities in Pakistan via draconian blasphemy legal guidelines, compelled conversions and marriages and extrajudicial killings.

India’s remarks come after Khalil Hashmi, everlasting consultant of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva, tried to lift Kashmir’s situation on the interactive dialogue on the annual report of the High Commissioner.

Pawankumar Badhe, first Secretary, Indian Permanent Mission in Geneva, expressed remorse that Pakistan has as soon as once more “misused this platform for making unfounded and irresponsible allegations against India”.

“The scourge of terrorism is the gravest violation of human rights and must be dealt with in strongest terms in all its forms and manifestations,” he stated.

Pakistan, as its state coverage, continues to supply pensions to dreaded and listed terrorists and hosts them on its territory, Mr Badhe stated, whereas stating that it’s “high time” that Pakistan is held accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism.

He accused Islamabad of distracting the Council’s consideration from the “deplorable human rights situation in Pakistan”.

Underlining that the plight of minorities in Pakistan is clear from their shrinking measurement, Mr Badhe stated: “Forced conversions have become a daily phenomenon in Pakistan. We have seen reports of minor girls belonging to religious minorities being abducted, raped, forcibly converted and married. More than 1,000 girls, belonging to religious minorities, are forcibly converted in Pakistan every year.”

He condemned the assault and vandalisation of historic websites of spiritual minorities in Pakistan and stated that Pakistan has additionally grow to be the land of enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detentions of political activists, college students, journalists, human rights defenders and minorities.

“Systemic persecution of minorities, including Christians, Ahmadiyyas, Sikhs, Hindus through draconian blasphemy laws, forced conversions and marriages and extrajudicial killings, has become a regular phenomenon in Pakistan,” he added.

Over the killings of journalists in Pakistan, India stated Pakistan has the doubtful distinction of being listed as some of the harmful international locations for apply of journalism.

“Journalists are threatened, intimidated, taken off air, kidnapped and in some cases killed, mainly to silence critics of the Establishment. While families of victims continue to struggle for justice, the perpetrators of these acts have enjoyed complete impunity,” India stated.

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