We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply.
- Today’s India is neo-apartheid State on lines of caste and religion masquerading as a democracy. Indeed, we are all watching with dismay and concern the deliberate, systematic construction of a fascist hindutwa political order in India. Those who espouse hindutva glorify crimes of the past which include not just the anti-Muslim riots but tragic assassination of their Father of the Nation Mr. Gandhi. Public lynching of Muslims and Christian minorities at hands of cow protecting Hindu zealots is a regular occurrence. Churches and mosques are being burnt to the ground. Journalists are being killed. This represents a pattern of impunity enjoyed by mass killers of ethnic riots like Anti Sikh riots in India in 1984. Many individuals involved and charged for anti Sikh riots later joined as Senior Ministers in Indian Central Cabinet.
- More than 12 states of India are witnessing movements against the central government due to the chauvinistic majoritarianism that seeks to exclude others such as the stripping of basic identity of 4 million Assamese citizens. Indian military has been trained to be use rape as part of instrument of State repression. As per figures of the India’s National Crime Records Bureau, more than 35,000 incidents of rape had occurred just in three years in India and almost 93 rapes were committed in the country each day. India is a place where no woman is safe.
- Two Special Rapporteurs have recently expressed their grave concern on the extra-judicial killing of more than 1,500 people in Manipur state of India. None of the deadlines for investigation into the cases set by the Supreme Court of India were met due to intransigence of the security forces.
- In the report titled, “Structures of Violence”, a Major General, 7 Brigadiers, 31 Colonels, 115 Majors and 40 Captains were included in list of more than 1000 alleged perpetrators of human rights abuses including massacres, rapes and torture. India has been using State-sponsored terrorism in the neighbouring countries confirmed by public statements of its highest officials. The recent example is the apprehended terrorist network of the serving Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Yadev. There is an urgent need to hold Indian military accountable for their crimes against humanity in Kashmir and saddle them.
- India’s malicious rhetoric against Pakistan cannot deter our delegation from raising the voice of Kashmiri people. India should objectively look at reasons why it has failed to win over Kashmiri people despite seven decades of its illegal occupation. An honest answer will allow India to agree to OHCHR’s recommendations in its Kashmir report and settle Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of Kashmiri people.
I thankyou Mr. Vice President.