India’s integral, inalienable part: MEA Under Secy says at UN about J&K, Ladakh

She said India denies the “baseless allegations”.
She said India denies the “baseless allegations”.Special arrangement

New York: Ministry of External Affairs Under Secretary Jagpreet Kaur Wednesday said that entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was an integral and inalienable part of India.

Speaking at the UN 17th Meeting of the 52nd Regular Session of Human Rights, the MEA Under Secretary said, “We reject the factually incorrect and unwarranted references to India in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) statement. The entire territory of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is an integral and inalienable part of India. OIC has lost its credibility by taking a blatantly, partisan and factually incorrect approach on this issue.”

She said India denies the “baseless allegations”.

The response by India came after the statement of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while speaking about violence and crimes against women in his remarks to the Council debate on women, peace and security held under Mozambique’s Presidency for this month, on the eve of International Women’s Day.

“It is chronicle that Pakistan’s own institutions, legislations and policies over the course of seven decades have denied its population and the people in the territories under its control. These truths have obliterated their hope of true democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance, and social justice,” Kaur said at the UN meeting.

She said it was especially true for the people in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan, who had been politically “repressed” and “persecuted”.

“Non-discrimination remains a far cry in today’s Pakistan,” Kaur said. “The state of freedom of religion or belief and the plight of its minorities is well documented by this Council’s Human rights mechanisms, including treaty bodies and Universal Periodic Review (UPR).”

She said that Shias, Hazaras, Qadyanis, Christians, Sikhs and Hindus had been targeted with blasphemy laws that carry draconian penalties, including mandatory death sentences.

“In the face of recommendations that Pakistan has received, in January 2023, its National Assembly amended the Criminal Law to enhance the punishment for insulting sacred personalities from imprisonment of three to 10 years,” the MEA Under Secretary said.

She said Pakistan’s apathy to its minorities was evident from last month’s vigilante action in Nankana Sahib where a mob stormed a police station in broad daylight and lynched a blasphemy suspect.

“While Pakistan masquerades as a champion of human rights, its top leadership has in the past openly acknowledged creating terrorist groups and training them to fight in Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir,” Kaur said.

“Its policies to aid and abet terrorism have been directly responsible for the violation of human rights, including the right to life of people, not only in India but in our region and the entire world. Not surprisingly, it is now a victim of its own malevolent state policies of nurturing terror organisations as it is beset with a wide range of serious human rights concerns and other crisis especially at the current juncture.”

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