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India-Pak Showdown At UN Rights Body On Kashmir Issue Today

BP World Bureau | Sep 10 2019 03:20:45 PM
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NEW DELHI: An Indian delegation led by Ajay Bisaria, the Indian High Commissioner at the UN, is expected to discuss Jammu and Kashmir issue at the forum of ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will present the country’s argument on J&K at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

India is sending a secretary-level bureaucrat with its own set of dossiers explaining the situation that led to the scrapping of the special status of J&K.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet opined that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir issue has created  “great uncertainty and anxiety”.

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She added that her office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control and I am extremely concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiri residents.

Yesterday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is leading their delegation, tweeted that Pakistan will speak "definitively" at UNHRC sessions on Kashmir.

Even, Qasim Suri, Deputy Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly tried to highlight the Jammu and Kashmir issue while discussing the sustainable development goals during the event.

US President Donald Trump claimed that the relationship between India and Pakistan is "less heated" now than what was two weeks ago.

"Both the countries India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir, as we all know. I think it has become a little bit less heated right now than (what) was it two weeks ago," he said.

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The tensions between the two countries escalated after the Central Government scrapped Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan had referred Jammu and Kashmir issue as "massive violations of International Human Rights Law".

Pakistan President Imran Khan had already said that Pakistan will no longer seek a dialogue with India as it has repeatedly rejected peace talks with Pak.