Second Right of Reply by India at the 40th Session of Human Rights Council (25 February – 22 March 2019) in response to the Right of Reply made by Pakistan under the High Level Segment, delivered by Ms. Mini Devi Kumam, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India [Geneva, 28 February 2019)

Second Right of Reply by India at the 40th Session of Human Rights Council (25 February – 22 March 2019) in response to the Right of Reply made by Pakistan under the High Level Segment, delivered by Ms. Mini Devi Kumam, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India [Geneva, 28 February 2019)

Mr. President,

India is again forced to its second right of reply.

2. The Council should be convinced now that the only objective of Pakistan’s presence in the Council is for spreading malicious propaganda against India. Enough dossiers and evidences have been supplied on terror attacks including Mumbai attacks to Pakistan and no action has been taken so far. It still operates terrorist training camps and mainstreams UN proscribed terror organizations and terrorists like Masood Azhar. Pakistan’s memory fails again when it comes to UN resolutions that it never fulfilled its obligations to vacate occupied territory.

Mr. President,

3. The deep state in PoK has orchestrated demographic change, absorption of occupied territories, denial of basic constitutional, political, civil and economic rights, systemic army persecution and violence against the people living in PoK. Deliberate discriminatory policies have caused extreme poverty, underdevelopment, forcible deprivation of land. Every voice of dissent in PoK; be it media, civil society, political dissidents is regularly snuffed out.

Mr. President,

4. Moving outside PoK, minorities in Pakistan are harassed through blasphemy laws; Hindu, Sikh and Christian women are forcefully married and converted, political dissidents and legitimate criticism in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are brutally suppressed, millions of innocents endure enforced disappearances, sectarian violence and systemic persecution are unleashed against Muslim minorities such as Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailia and Hazaras.

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