India debunks Pak claims on Kashmir at UNHRC

India responded strongly and effectively to Pakistan’s “false allegations, concocted charges and fabricated narrative” at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva last evening, with the MEA’s secretary (east), Ms Vijay Thakur Singh, defending India’s recent move to bifurcate J&K state and revoke Article 370 of the Constitution on grounds which included gender equality and an end to discrimination, and noted that the decision was “sovereign and internal to India”.

Asserting it was “an ancient civilisation with immense and rich diversity” and  the world’s “largest democracy” that promoted human rights, New Delhi made it clear it would “certainly not” accept any interference in its internal affairs. She said “these decisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread support”.

The senior diplomat encapsulated the main points of her speech in her short and crisp opening remarks that lasted just over two minutes, in which she described Pakistan (without naming it directly) as the “epicentre of terrorism” that “conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of alternate diplomacy” , adding it “tramples” on minorities “at will” but “cries victim when it actually is the perpetrator”.

The MEA secretary (east) said “despite challenging circumstances, Jammu and Kashmir’s civil administration is ensuring basic services, essential supplies, normal functioning of institutions, mobility and nearly full connectivity”.

She told the global body that “democratic processes have been initiated, restrictions are being eased continuously, (and that) temporary preventive and precautionary measures were necessitated to ensure the safety and security of our citizens in the face of credible threats of cross-border terrorism”.

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