Reacting to Pakistan’s unwarranted comments on the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, India’s ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin lashed out at Islamabad in the harshest words ever used in recent years.
“The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self-determination.”
The reaction was in response to Pakistan’s envoy to UN Maleeha Lodhi’s comments on Kashmir and Wani’s killing on Wednesday. She had called Wani’s killing “extra-judicial”.
Violence broke out in Kashmir following the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani. PTI
“The international community has long seen through such designs. Cynical attempts, like the one this morning therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations,” he said.
It is noteworthy that Pakistan is one of the world’s worst countries in terms of human rights. Violence against the minorities in Pakistan is rampant. Even ministers from the minority communities are not safe in the country. Religious suppression of the minorities, forced conversions or killings have only been on the rise irrespective of the party in power.
Minorities have practically no rights in Pakistan. The country’s blasphemy law is often misused by fundamentalists to target minorities. REUTERS/AKHTAR SOOMRO
Highlighting India’s “diverse, pluralistic and tolerant” society, Akbaruddin said that India “remains strongly committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all”.
India’s response is important because the UN too expressed concern over the current situation in Kashmir. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon reportedly said that he “regrets” the loss of dozens of lives and injuries.