| Right of Reply by India in response to the Statement by Pakistan under the Agenda Item 4 during the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
September 19, 2016
My delegation wishes to exercise its right of reply in response to a statement made by Pakistan under this Agenda Item earlier today.
Pakistan continues to test the patience as well as wisdom of this Council with its unceasing false-narrative backed by fabricated facts and figures about the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan has had territorial ambitions over Kashmir since 1947 that has found concrete expression in the aggression it embarked on in 1947, 1965 and 1999. As on date, Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of approximately 78,000 sq kms of Indian Territory in Jammu & Kashmir.
The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan.
The human rights violations in entire Pakistan cry for the world’s attention : the people of Balochistan, amongst other provinces, have been waging for decades a bitter and brave struggle against their daily abuse and torture. Religious and sectarian minorities such as Hindus, Christians, Shias, Ahmaddiyas, Ismailis and others continue to face discrimination, persecution and targeted attacks in Pakistan. Places of worship belonging to minorities have been destroyed and vandalized. Blasphemy laws remain in force and are disproportionately used against religious minorities.
Various international organizations have documented how enforced disappearances continue with impunity, particularly in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement are routinely abducted and unlawfully killed. Selective but extremely opaque and high-handed use of force by Pakistani authorities has affected civilian populations on a large scale. More than one million people remain displaced as a result of the current and past armed conflicts in the northwest of Pakistan.
Given this state of affairs, Pakistan will be well-advised to focus its energies on setting its own house in order and acting against the perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbours instead of ritually raking up alleged human rights violations elsewhere. We, once again, ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner. We call upon the Council to urge Pakistan to fulfill its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.