India rejected the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) statements on the Jammu and Kashmir, saying it has no locus standi to comment on matters related to the region.
India also regreted that the ‘OIC continues to allow itself to be exploited by Pakistan to indulge in anti-India propaganda.’
Expressing India’s right to reply to statements made by Pakistan and OIC at the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC), Pawankumar Badhe, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India, said: “Pakistan’s deliberate misuse of this august forum for its malicious propaganda against India, aimed at diverting the attention of the Council from its own serious violations of human rights, has remained a constant.”
“We reject the reference to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the statement of the OIC. It has no locus standi to comment on matters related to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India. It is regrettable that OIC continues to allow itself to be exploited by Pakistan to indulge in anti-India propaganda,” he added.
Badhe pointed out to the members of the Council that Pakistan had provided pensions to dreaded and listed militants out of State funds and has the dubious distinction of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the United Nations.
“Pakistani leaders have admitted the fact that it has become a factory for producing terrorists. Pakistan has ignored that terrorism is the worst form of human rights abuse and the supporters of terrorism are the worst abusers of human rights,” he was quoted as saying by Asian News International (ANI).
The First Secretary also suggested that the Council should ask why the size of its minority communities such as Christians, Hindus and Sikhs has drastically shrunk since independence and why they and other communities such as Ahmadiyyas, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Baloch, have been subjected to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuses and forced conversions.