India tells Pakistan to clear up its worst human rights record before pointing fingers

    Pankaj Sharma
    September23/ 2023

    United Nations: India has told Pakistan that as one of the world’s worst human rights offenders, it should first clear its own record before pointing fingers at others. "As a country with one of the world's worst human rights records, particularly when it comes to minority and women's rights, Pakistan would do well to put its own house in order before venturing to point a finger at the world's largest democracy", Petal Gahlot, a first secretary in India’s UN Mission said on Friday exercising the right of reply to Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar’s speech. Gahlot dismissed Kakar’s attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue saying they were integral parts of India. "We reiterate that the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India", she said. "Matters pertaining to the UTs of J&K and Ladakh are purely internal to India [and] Pakistan has no locus standi to comment on our domestic matters", she added. Kakar in his address to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly earlier in the day said the Security Council should act on Kashmir and asserted that the rights of Kashmiris were being suppressed, while "Hindutva" forces were threatening "genocide" of minorities. Gahlot said that "Pakistan has become a habitual offender when it comes to misusing this August forum to peddle baseless and malicious propaganda against India". "Member states of the United Nations and other multilateral organisations are well aware that Pakistan does so to deflect the international community's attention away from its own abysmal record on human rights", she said. She pointed to the plight of Christians, Hindus, Ahmadia Muslims and Sikhs, particularly women and girls from these communities ...

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