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Kashmir is not an Internal Matter; Pakistan hits back at India at UNGA

September 28, 2021

Pakistan retaliated against India after the latter referred to occupied Kashmir as a “internal matter” and accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism.

The Indian delegation exercised its right to reply after Prime Minister Imran Khan finished his fiery address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, in which he chastised the world for its silence on Indian actions in occupied Kashmir.Sneha Dubey, India’s First Secretary, said in her speech that Pakistan was not avictim of terrorism, but rather fostered terrorists in its own backyard.Occupied Kashmir and Ladakhwere, are, and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. According to the report, she specifically stated that this included areas that areoccupied by Pakistan.

In response, Saima Saleem, a Pakistani representative, stated that occupied Kashmir was neither aso-called integral part of Indianor an internal matter of India.India continues to occupy an internationally recognized disputed territory, the final disposition of which must be determined in accordance with the democratic principle of a free and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices, as provided for in numerous Security Council resolutions.

She claimed India was making false accusations and using “outright lies and obfuscation” to divert attention away from human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.India’s obsessive love for Pakistan is nothing new or surprising. It has infiltrated the ruling elite and governance structures of the country.However, this obsession has a method, as it underpins India’s electoral and foreign policy under the ruling RSS-BJP-inspired ‘Hindutva’ government.She claimed that the EU Disinfo lab had explained how India had used deflection, deception, and disinformation against Pakistan, including at the UN.

She added that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had documented Indian human rights violations in occupied Kashmir in two reports.

“The High Commissioner has been urging India to “unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied” to the people of IIOJK since August 5, 2019.The human rights situation in IIOJK has also been described as being in a “free fall” by several other special rapporteurs and mandate holders. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among other major human rights organisations, have expressed grave concerns about India’s human rights violations, including in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian authorities, expectedly, have not responded to any of these communications.A witch hunt had been launched against those who “dared to report the crimes,” according to the Pakistani representative.Amnesty International only stopped working in India last year, citing constant harassment by the government. She went on to say that the Pakistani government had recently released a comprehensive dossier on Indian security forces’ systemic and widespread human rights violations in the occupied valley.

“As for India’s use of the canard of terrorism, regurgitating stale arguments that are typical of all occupiers,” she said in response to Indian allegations that Pakistan sponsors terrorism.

Let me be clear: India is the region’s primary perpetrator, sponsor, financier, and abettor of terrorism.India is currently involved in at least four different types of terrorism, according to her. The first is state terrorism, which is being used to suppress the people of occupied Kashmir.

Second, funding and supporting terrorist organisations such as the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is responsible for cross-border terrorist attacks against Pakistani military and civilian targets.

Third, India is funding and organising mercenary terrorist groups against Pakistan in order to stifle the region’s economic growth and prosperity, according to the Pakistani representative, who added that Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has publicly admitted as much.

Fourth, India is guided by a supremacist ideology, which has mainstreamed Islamophobia and bigotry against minorities, particularly Muslims, in its political discourse.

In today’s incredibly intolerant India, the 200 million-strong Muslim minority is subjected to lynching by so-called “cow vigilantes,” pogroms by RSS thugs with official support, discriminatory citizenship laws that disenfranchise Muslims, and a concerted campaign to destroy mosques and India’s rich Muslim heritage.Instead of “indulging in patent falsehoods about Pakistan,” the Pakistani representative concluded her speech by advising the Indian delegation to reflect on their country’s troubling trajectory.India must recognize that it has failed miserably to prevent Kashmir is living under its occupation from exercising their inalienable right to self-determination.

Fawad Chaudhry, the federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting, was impressed by Saima Saleem’s response.He said in a tweet: “In the UNGA, Saima Saleem exercises her right of reply. Saima is blind, but from the way she spoke, it appears that her heart can see everything. You’ve made us very proud. Thank you very much”.

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