We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement.
- We regret that instead of introspection of its atrocities against the Kashmiri people, India has again resorted to baseless polemic and provocative rhetoric against Pakistan. We do not intend to engage in an altercation with India on domestic issues of both countries.
- Statements by Pakistan and numerous other delegations, including the High Commissioner was about Jammu and Kashmir. The United Nations recognizes Jammu and Kashmir as an international dispute. There are numerous Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. UNMOGIP, the oldest peacekeeping mission of the UN, operates in the territory. Since the disposition of Jammu and Kashmir is to be decided by its people through a UN supervised plebiscite, India’s forcible annexation of the territory in 1947 and subsequent occupation has no legal basis. It has sparked wars between India and Pakistan. Jammu and Kashmir is not part of India and neither it has ever been. Commenting on Kashmir is therefore not interference in India’s internal affairs. In that sense, India’s objection to statements by a number of international organizations, states and civil society representatives on Kashmir is untenable.
- While overarching political denomination of Jammu and Kashmir remains inextricably linked with any deliberation on the issue, the focus of this Council and indeed the OHCHR report is about human rights violations in the IOK. The OHCHR report only corroborates and compiles the series of gross human rights violations committed by India in Kashmir. Pakistan has welcomed the OHCHR’s recommendation of establishing a Commission of Inquiry. If India has committed no crime in Kashmir and if sources of instability in Kashmir are external, India should also welcome the Commission. India’s abject rejection of the Commission is a testament that it fears an independent investigation, which will inevitably expose its crimes against the Kashmiri people.
- India cannot subsume the political uprising in Kashmir under the banner of terrorism. Raising the issues of India’s crimes in Kashmir neither legitimizes terrorism nor is an affront to global consensus on terrorism. The impunity enjoyed by the Indian forces cannot be justified on the logic of terrorism. Hundreds of Kashmiri civilians blinded by pellet guns were not terrorists. Thousands of protestors who throng the streets of Srinagar, Kupwara, Shopian, Bandipura and other towns and villages in IOK are not terrorists. 8 year old girl Asifa, raped to death by priests and extremists in a Hindu temple in Jammu, or was not a terrorist.
6 The Representative of India is maligning Pakistan as knee jerk reaction to numerous references to human rights violations in Kashmir. We can pay back in kind. However, we will restrict ourselves with discussion at hand and urge India to implement the recommendations of the OHCHR report including the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations. If it has nothing to hide, it must not reject the Commission and other recommendations of the OHCHR Report.
I thank you Mr. President.