GENEVA: India delivered a massive rebuttal to Pakistan's claims on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 which gives special status to Kashmir.
Indian foreign ministry secretary (east) Vijay Thakur Singh said that false allegations and charges are being thrown at India and it comes from the "epicenter of global terrorism". He furthered slammed Pakistan for sheltering terrorist leaders in the country for years, speaking to Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Qureshi at the United Nations human rights body held in Geneva.
Indian diplomat also slammed Pakistan for the occurrence of cross border terrorism, without naming the country, and stressed that the decision on Article 370 was taken to protect people of Kashmir from cross border terrorism.
India requested the 47 member human rights council to make a clear stance and speak against terrorism.
Countering Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Indian senior officials asked the world representatives to call out the state sponsors of terrorism for misusing the platform they got for their malicious agendas and politics under the human rights shield.
India wants the international community to unite against terrorism.
Vijay Thakur Singh further attacked Pakistan for making the country unsafe for minorities. Like for example, a lawmaker Baldev Singh, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, had sent an SOS message to the Indian authorities for political asylum. He had said that even Muslims are not safe in Pakistan.
People voiced protest against Pakistan on atrocities committed in Balochistan outside the UN building in Geneva. Balochis had treated the movement highlighting the extra-judicial killings, torture, and forced disappearances of rights activists.
Prior to India's rebuttal, Pakistani representatives slammed India for turning Kashmir into the "largest prison on Earth" and sought international intervention and investigation into the issues in Kashmir.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi presented only Pakistan's version of the events. He also questioned India's arguments on normalcy in Kashmir by asking why international media is banned from the state.
Qureshi asked why can't NGO and other organizations enter Kashmir and see for themselves.