Yesterday at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, India has once again reiterated that Kashmir is an “inalienable” part of its territory. Notably, it laid an emphasis that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) or Turkey have no locus standi to raise matters related to India’s international platforms.
Leading Urdu newspapers in different states in India, have done an important coverage today, and that is, the latest report of India countering the well-planned, methodic and misleading propaganda of Pakistan, Turkey in their religo-poliitcal alliance with the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) at United Nations Human Rights Council.
Major Urdu publications have given front-page space to this significant news. For instance, the widely popular Urdu daily in Jammu & Kashmir, especially circulated in the valley, Kashmir-e-Uzma and Roznama Inquilab have put it up in clear and strongly-worded style. The Kashmir-e-Uzma news desk titled its report in Urdu in its front page today, OIC ki Bayan Bazi Bila Jawaz…..(the rhetoric of OIC [on the issue of Kashmir] is untenable or unjustified.
Roznama Inquilab wrote in its front-page report: “UNHRC men Hindustan Ne Pakistan Ko Ek Baar Phir Be-naqaab Kiya”……(Once again, India has unveiled the propaganda of Pakistan at the Human Rights Council). The full news report is as follows:
Using the Right of Reply at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, India’s diplomatic team said Pakistan has given ‘pension’ to terrorists and urged Islamabad to focus on its poor economic condition and improve the life of its minority communities.
“The members of this Council are well aware that Pakistan has provided pensions to dreaded and listed terrorists out of State funds and has the dubious distinction of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the United Nations,” said Pawan Kumar Badhe, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India at the Council. He highlighted the challenges faced by the religious and ethnic minorities of Pakistan and said ‘holy’ sites of the minority groups have been attacked by Pakistan.
The tough exchange came days after India and Pakistan agreed to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire agreement which is being interpreted as early signs of engagement between the two sides who last held high-level dialogue in December 2015. Despite those positive signs at bilateral level, Pakistan and the OIC raised the Kashmir issue at the HRC which drew sharp response from India.
“The Council should ask Pakistan why the size of its minority communities such as Christians, Hindus and Sikhs has drastically shrunk since independence and why they and other communities such as Ahmadiyas, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Baloch have been subjected to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuses and forced conversions,” said Mr. Badhe.
He also rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the statement of the OIC and said, “It has no locus standi to comment on matters related to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India. It is regrettable that the OIC continues to allow itself to be exploited by Pakistan to indulge in anti-India propaganda.”