India criticizes Pakistan, OIC for making reference to Kashmir conflict at UNHRC

Armed forces personnel stands guard in Srinagar. [FPK Photo/VIkar Syed.]

New Delhi: India has criticized Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for making the reference to the Kashmir conflict.

India also accused Pakistan of misusing the platforms provided by the Human Rights Council.

“It has become a habit for Pakistan to misuse the platforms provided by the Council to propagate its false and malicious propaganda against my country,” First Secretary in the Indian mission in Geneva Pawan Badhe said.

The Council is aware of Pakistan’s attempts to divert the Council’s attention from serious human rights violations being perpetrated by its Government, including in the territories occupied by it, he added.

He said: “Pakistan has failed to protect the rights of its minorities, including Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and Ahmadiyas and thousands of women from minority communities have been subjected to abductions, forced marriages and conversions in Pakistan and its territories”.

“Pakistan is a country which has been globally recognized as a country openly supporting, training, financing and arming militants. The relevant multilateral institutions have been raising serious concerns on its failure to stop militant financing and lack of effective actions against militant entities,” Badhe said.

Taking a dig at OIC, Badhe said it has no locus standi to comment on the “internal affairs” of New Delhi.

We once again regret and reject the reference made by the OIC to JK which is an integral part of India, he said.

The OIC has no locus standi to comment on the internal affairs of India. The OIC has helplessly allowed itself to be held hostage by Pakistan, which holds the Chairmanship of their Geneva Chapter, to subserve its own agenda. It’s for the members of the OIC to decide if it is in their interest to allow Pakistan to do so, Badhe said.

Earlier, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) urged the UN Human Rights Council to address the systematic human rights violations of the people suffering from long-running disputes in Jammu and Kashmir.


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