India slams Pak habit of misuising UN Human Rights Council

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He said that every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir should unanimously ensure that justice prevails and the guilty are booked and punished as per the law of the land for this disgusting crime.He said if the law is not allowed to take its course it can have very serious repercussions for the state.

India's response came after Pakistan raised the issue of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The LoC divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

"Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India", Mini Devi Kumam, a Second Secretary at the India's UN Mission in Geneva, said.

Pakistan has often referred to UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir to push its agenda.

Kumam was responding to Tahir Andrabi, Pakistan's UN Deputy Permanent Representative in Geneva, who earlier on Friday invoked Jawaharlal Nehru to make his case for a plebiscite in Kashmir.

After famously conferring on it the title ' Terroristan', and after evocatively describing it as the "Ivy League of terrorism", India yesterday coined another phrase to denote Pakistan - "special terrorist zone".

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Kumam further pointed out that the Simla pact inked between former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and then Pakistan president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ruled out a multilateral solution for J&K.

"Terrorism is the most fundamental violation of human rights and we overlook its egregiousness at our own peril", said Raj Kumar Chander, the Indian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations offices and other global organisations in Geneva.

Mirwaiz also strongly condemned the repulsive instinct of those forces playing politics with the humanitarian issue of providing justice to the eight-year-old victim of rape and murder little Asifa of Kathua.

"Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights", Kumam added.

"We urge the Council to call on Pakistan to stop targeting political dissidents and legitimate criticism in Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to stop torture, enforced disappearances and unlawful killing, including that of journalists and activists by its security agencies".

The report also noted with concern that discrimination and violence directed at minorities, particularly Muslims is on the rise in India.

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