India today offered a staunch defense of its move to dissolve the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and denied Pakistan’s right to speak up on the alleged “atrocities”, saying that Islamabad is calling for its “malicious political agenda of human rights under the guise “was misusing international platforms to pursue.
There was also a quiet protest with posters and banners highlighting the human rights transition in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, outside the entrance to the UN building in Geneva.
In his statement a few hours ago, Shah Mahmood Qureshi focused solely on Pakistan’s version of events in Kashmir. Qureshi accused India of turning Kashmir into the largest prison on the planet and demanded an international inquiry into the situation in Kashmir by the UNHRC.
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- A delegation has made a running commentary against my country with objectionable rhetoric of false allegations and fabricated allegations. The world knows that this concoction comes from the epicenter of global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered over the years. This country conducts cross-border terrorism in the form of diplomatic diplomacy ‘.
- The recent legislative measures taken by India within the framework of its constitution will ensure that these progressive measures are fully applicable to our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as well. Consequently, there will be an end to gender discrimination, including property rights and representation of local bodies. Right to education, information and work will now apply. Long-standing discrimination against refugees and disadvantaged classes will end.
- This decision was taken by our Parliament after a full debate which was broadcast on TV and enjoyed wide support. We would like to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other laws passed by Parliament, is completely internal to India.
- A democratic process has been initiated. Sanctions are being steadily reduced.
- Our Constitution is supreme and guarantees fundamental rights to all our citizens without distinction. It secures justice, freedom, and equality and promotes brotherhood among all. Our faith in our secular politics is incomplete.