Asks UN rights body to document ‘rights abuses in Kashmir’; India calls it ‘failed state where terrorists thrive’
United Nations, March 10: Pakistan raised Kashmir issue for the second day on Friday at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, evoking a sharp response from India.
Pakistan’s UN deputy permanent representative in Geneva Tahir Andrabi said at the heart of the Kashmir problem is the right to self-determination which was conceded by “the first Prime Minister of India, one of the founding fathers of India” and by the UN Security Council through a plebiscite.
Responding to Andrabi’s statement, Mini Devi Kumam, a Second Secretary at the India’s UN Mission in Geneva, said Pakistan is a “failed state where terrorists thrive and Osama Bin Laden received protection”.
India demanded that Pakistan should bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot and Uri attacks to justice.
“Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India,” Mini Devi Kumam, a Second Secretary at the India’s UN Mission in Geneva, said.
“The world does not need lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state,” she added.
Kumam said Pakistan keeps referring to UN Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir but “forgets its own obligation under these resolutions to first vacate the illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir”.
“It has also blatantly disregarded its other commitments, be it under the 1972 Simla Agreement or Lahore Declaration of February 1999,” she said.
Andrabi also accused India of “crimes against humanity” in Kashmir and of escalating ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the border with his country as a diversionary tactic.
On Thursday, he said that the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner “must not falter in documenting human rights abuses by India and recognise that root of the problem is illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Kumam said in her reply that “the real problem in Jammu and Kashmir is terrorism, which has constantly received sustenance from Pakistan and territories under its control”.
“We urge the Council to call on Pakistan to end cross border infiltration; to dismantle special terrorist zones, safe havens and sanctuaries,” she said.