For the first time India raised the issue of Balochistan before the United Nations on Wednesday, accusing Pakistan for the widespread human rights violations in the region as well as Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
During the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, India said the main reason behind disturbances in Kashmir is Pakistan-sponsored terrorism that stems from Islamabad’s territorial ambitions.
Ajit Kumar India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, said in a statement “It will be in the fitness of things if Pakistan focuses its energies on improving the human rights situation within Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,”
“Pakistan is characterized by authoritarianism, absence of democratic norms and widespread human rights violations across the country, including Balochistan,” India’s statement added. “Pakistan has once again sought to mask its territorial ambitions and use of terrorism as a state policy under the garb of concern for human rights.”
Talking about Jammu and Kashmir, Kumar said, “J-K is an integral 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,”
Kumar added “Pakistan also continues to provide sanctuary to UN- designated terrorists. It was, therefore, no surprise that Pakistan failed to convince the international community to secure the membership of the Human Rights Council last year.”
“This stems from Pakistan’s territorial ambitions over Kashmir that has found concrete expression in repeated armed aggressions. Pakistan continues to be in illegal occupation of a large part of territory in J-K,” he said.
“The heart of the matter is that we are dealing with a state that regards the use of terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft. “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 the creators of this monster wake up to the dangers of what they have done to themselves,” the Indian envoy added.
Lashing out at Pakistan he said “The institutions of governance in Pakistan have corroded to such an extent that it has become a hub for the global export of terror”