India hits out at Pakistan for raising Jammu and Kashmir at UN Human Rights Council

India on Monday criticised Pakistan for raising the topic of Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council and said that Pakistan’s attempt to accuse other countries of “effecting a state-sponsored genocide” was a matter of “serious concern”, ANI reported.

India was exercising its right to reply after Pakistan raised the Kashmir matter at the 43rd session of the UNHRC. First Secretary of India’s Permanent Mission, Geneva, Senthil Kumar, accused the neighbouring country of misusing the council and its mechanism for establishing its “narrow political agenda” against India.

“It’s unfortunate that Pakistan continues to maintain its track record of misuse of the Human Rights Council and its mechanism,” Kumar said. “It’s a matter of serious concern that Pakistan being the only country in South Asia of effecting a state-sponsored genocide would have the audacity to accuse others of it.”

He added that India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last year did not have any “external ramifications”. On August 5, the Centre split the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories and rescinded its special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. It also revoked Article 35A, the law that allowed the administration of the former state to define “state…

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