Pakistan wishes to highlight disturbing thematic trends and specific situations across the world that requires attention of this Council.
Amongst thematic trends, we are worried at rising chauvinistic nationalism growing scale of xenophobia, racial discrimination and anti Muslim sentiments created by extremist political parties and their leaders who deliberately target the weak, the marginalized and the excluded.
The populist racist narrative has is fast shaping the political order of our neighboring country India. India’s drift towards extremism and rank communalism is inspired by the political ideology of the Ruling Party whose history is rife with acts of violence against the marginalized, including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Adhevasis and Dalits. Those who masterminded anti-Muslim riots from the Gujrat, Maharashrta, UP and elsewhere in India, after coming to power have sponsored a similar communal frenzy against Pakistan maligning its people and government. This may be a ploy to win elections in India but it is a potent threat to peace and security of our regional and beyond.
On specific situation that requires Council’s attention, Jammu and Kashmir stands out not just for its peace and security but also human rights dimension. The repression in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is the most reprehensible manifestation of unleashing of violence by an increasingly communal and an extremist state. Indian Occupied Kashmir has no government as we speak. The Governor-rule in IOK is an instrument to perpetrate more abuse and atrocities with absolute impunity to stage fake encounters against innocent civilians in order to malign a legitimate political struggle for the Right to Self Determination.
India cannot provoke or hide behind global concerns on terrorism to misrepresent the legitimate struggle of Kashmiri people against illegal occupation or to justify its own crimes in Kashmir. This Council must urge India to implement the recommendations of the OHCHR Report on Kashmir and agree to establish a Commission of Inquiry for the truth on Kashmir to prevail and for the human rights of Kashmiris to be protected.
We need to check the descent of the world towards intolerance, extremism and violence. This required holding to account the demagogues and their political parties whose pronouncements and actions have created these grave conditions. This also requires ending illegal occupation of regions and territories on the United Nations agenda. The political and human rights dimensions of such trends and disputes merit constant attention of the Human Rights Council and should accordingly be prioritized in our collective work.