India raises Balochistan issue at UN, says Pakistan violating human rights

(Sangar News)

India said while advocating restraint to others, Pakistan has no hesitation in using air power against its own people in Balochistan.

India today raised the Balochistan issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) saying Pakistan has systematically violated the human rights of its own citizens.

"This is a country, which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan, as well as the people of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir," Rajiv K Chander, India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Geneva, said.

India said while advocating restraint to others, Pakistan has no hesitation in using air power against its own people.

 

"Pakistan has once again sought to mask its territorial ambitions and use of terrorism as a state policy under the garb of concern for human rights," Chander said.

He said Pakistan also continues to provide sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists.

India also raised the issue of Pakistan instigating violence in the Kashmir Valley

"I would once again draw the attention to the fact that the present situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir was aggravated by sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan," India said.

At the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, India contended that the central problem in Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism, and Pakistan's use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

Chander emphasised that the entire Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India while Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of India. "Hence the neutrality of the Phrase 'Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir' is artificial."