Geneva: India on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan’s attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), stating that the situation in Kashmir is a “direct result of sustained cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.”
“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India and will always remain so. We reject attempts by Pakistan to denigrate the democratic choice that has been regularly exercised by the people of J&K,” stated Sumit Seth, First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.
Pakistan's Permanent Representative in Geneva, Farukh Amil, had raked up the Kashmir issue while taking exception to UN Human Right Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein criticising India and Pakistan on Monday for not allowing a fact-finding team to the Indian state and the part occupied by Pakistan.
India hit back, stating that Pakistan is a country that has “systemically abused and violated human rights” of its own citizens, in Balochistan and the people of PaK.
“Terrorism is an extreme violation of human rights and should be so acknowledged by the International community. The world watches with concern as the consequences of Pakistan's actions have spread beyond its immediate neighbour. All of us stand prepared to help if only Pakistan, the creator of this malignant monster, wakes up to dangers of what it has done to itself,” India stated.
Seth in his rejoinder said that India had "a robust institutional framework to ensure adherence to the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights of the people in Kashmir" built on an independent judiciary, the National Human Rights Commission, vibrant civil society and free and vocal media.