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Kashmir issue Updates: India slams Pakistan over 'genocide' charge, says rhetoric won't distract world from its persecution of minorities

Kashmir issue LIVE Updates: At UNHRC, India's Vimarsh Aryan rejected Pakistan's 'false narrative' on Kashmir and said, 'Pakistan’s gory record speaks for itself. This rhetoric will not distract international attention from Pakistan’s persecution and elimination of religious and ethnic minorities — be it the Christians, Sikhs, Shias, Ahmadiyas and Hindus.'

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Kashmir issue Updates: India slams Pakistan over 'genocide' charge, says rhetoric won't distract world from its persecution of minorities

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RECAP | 'Won't give an inch to Pakistan': Shashi Tharoor after Shah Mehmood Shah leaves for Geneva to raise Kashmir issue 

After Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi embarked on a three-day visit to Geneva on Monday, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had slammed Pakistan over the Kashmir issue and said that the Opposition parties in India stand united with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter being taken to the United Nations.

"Pakistan has no locus standi as far as India's internal matters are concerned. We are in the Opposition, we can criticise the government in the country over Kashmir, but outside India, we are one. We will not give even an inch to Pakistan," Tharoor told reporters.

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Sept 10, 2019 - 21:50 (IST)

Pakistan's rhetoric won't distract world's attention from its persecution of minorities: India

Sept 10, 2019 - 21:38 (IST)

Pakistan realises our decision creates obstacles in its sponsorship of cross-border terrorism: India

At UNHRC, Indian diplomat Vimarsh Aryan said, "We're not surprised at Pakistan's hysterical statements with false narratives aimed to politicise and polarise this forum. Pakistan realises that our decision cuts away ground from under its feet by creating obstacles in its continuing sponsorship of cross-border terrorism."

Sept 10, 2019 - 21:29 (IST)

Modification of Article 370 within our sovereign right, says India

In India's official reply to Pakistan's statement on Kashmir at the UNHRC, MEA secretary Vimarsh Aryan said, "Article 370 was a temporary provision of the Indian Constitution. Its recent modification is within our sovereign right and entirely an internal matter of India."

Sept 10, 2019 - 20:44 (IST)

Pakistan should stop crying and lying at UNHRC: Congress' AM Singhvi

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi lashed out at Pakistan for its remarks in UNHRC against India over Kashmir. "Pakistan is the Auschwitz concentration camp for minorities. It is similar to the Nazi gas chambers for minorities," he said, while asking the Pakistan government to "stop crying and lying" at UNHRC and instead ensure human rights for minorities, and people living in Balochistan, PoK, and Sindh.

Sept 10, 2019 - 20:04 (IST)

At UNHRC, India speaks on NRC

Speaking on the NRC exercise in Assam, MEA's Vijay Singh Thakur told UNHRC, "NRC is a statutory, transparent, and a non-discriminatory legal process, mandated and monitored by Supreme Court of India. Any decision that is taken during its implementation will comply with the Indian laws will be consistent with India’s democratic traditions."

Sept 10, 2019 - 19:58 (IST)

'India has suffered greatly on account of State-sponsored terrorism'

India told the UNHRC, "The world, in particular India, has suffered greatly on account of State-sponsored terrorism. It is time to collectively take decisive and firm action against terror groups who threaten fundamental right to life. We must speak out. Silence alone emboldens terrorists."

India also hit out at Pakistan, accusing it of a running commentary with offensive rhetoric of false allegations and concocted charges against New Delhi. 

Sept 10, 2019 - 19:51 (IST)

Progressive policies will now apply to J&K, Ladakh citizens: India

"As a result of recent legislative measures, progressive policies will now be fully applicable to our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. These will end gender discrimination, better protect juvenile rights and make applicable rights to education, information, and work," MEA's Vijay Thakur Singh said.

Sept 10, 2019 - 19:45 (IST)

Decisions on J&K were sovereign, entirely India's internal matter: Vijay Thakur Singh at UNHRC

Speaking at the UNHRC headquarters in Geneva, MEA secretary east Vijay Thakur Singh said, "The decision (to revoke Article 370) was taken by our Parliament. These were sovereign decisions which is entirely India’s internal matter. Basic services are being eased gradually (in Kashmir). My government is taking affirmative action by adopting progressive policies to promote socio-economic equality and justice":

Sept 10, 2019 - 19:40 (IST)

India hits back at Pakistan at UNHRC

MEA's Vijay Thakur Singh made a statement on India's behalf at UNHRC. Hitting out at Pakistan, she said, "The world is aware that this false narrative comes from the epicentre of terrorism."

Sept 10, 2019 - 18:44 (IST)

Kashmir neither shut nor under curfew: Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that Kashmir is "neither shut nor under curfew' but only under certain restrictions. 
 
He warned anti-India forces that they have to soon change their mentality that they can do anything and get away with it. "We need to condemn such statement (that Kashmir is under curfew and totally shut). Kashmir is not shut. There is no curfew. If there is curfew, people have to go out with curfew passes," he told reporters in Jammu. 
 
"No person in Kashmir is being asked for curfew pass. However they are expected not to disturb peace. There are some restrictions," he added. Singh was addressing the press conference to highlight achievements of the Narendra Modi government during its first 100 days.
 
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Kashmir issue Latest Updates: At UNHRC, India's Vimarsh Aryan rejected Pakistan's 'false narrative' on Kashmir and said, "Pakistan’s gory record speaks for itself. This rhetoric will not distract international attention from Pakistan’s persecution and elimination of religious and ethnic minorities — be it the Christians, Sikhs, Shias, Ahmadiyas and Hindus."

Hitting out at Pakistan, India told the UNHRC, "We should call out those who are misusing this platform for malicious political agendas under the garb of human rights. Those who are attempting this speak on the human rights of minorities in other countries whilst trampling upon them at will in their own country. They cry victim when they actually are the perpetrators."

MEA's Vijay Thakur Singh made a statement on India's behalf at UNHRC. Hitting out at Pakistan, she said, "This country (Pakistan) conducts cross border terrorism as a form of alternate diplomacy."

The Indian statement at UNHRC, to be made by Secretary East Vijay Thakur Singh, is expected to begin around 6 pm. India is likely to exercise its right of reply to Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's statement after 8 pm. ​According to reports, Vimarsh Aryan, a diplomat from Jammu and Kashmir, will reply to Qureshi.

Addressing reporters in Geneva, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi lashed out at India for saying that situation in Jammu and Kashmir had returned to normalcy. "If the life has returned to normalcy, then I'll say why don't they allow you, the international media, international organisations, the NGOs, civil society organisations to go into the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and see for themselves what the reality is?" Several Indian users on Twitter trolled Qureshi, and mocked him for "finally admitting" that Jammu and Kashmir was as an Indian state.

Pakistan's foreign minister told the UN Human Rights Commision that the country was ready to grant access to international bodies to probe the state of people residing in territory occupied by its military, if India agreed to grant a similar access in Jammu and Kashmir.

Various media reports from Pakistan suggest that Islamabad will be submitting a 115-page dossier on Kashmir at the UNHRC today. The 115-page dossier which will be submitted by Pakistan in UNHRC today has also been allegedly leaked to local media. News18 reported that the dossier quotes remarks made by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and National Conference president Omar Abdullah in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370 provisions.

President Donald Trump has again offered to help India and Pakistan despite a meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month in which both the world leaders agreed that Kashmir was a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.

India and Pakistan are set to battle it out over Kashmir during the ongoing 42nd UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session on Tuesday. Both the countries have deployed their big guns for the "diplomatic offensive."

The Indian delegation is led by Ajay Bisaria, the India High Commissioner to Pakistan who was sent back after Pakistan unilaterally downgraded ties, and Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary East.

The delegation had recently met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and briefed her about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir since after the abrogation of Article 370.

On Monday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi embarked on a three-day visit to Geneva. He is expected to lead the Pakistani charge over Kashmir issue at the UNHRC session.

On Monday, Qureshi in a tweet said Pakistan will speak "definitively" at UNHRC sessions over the Kashmir issue.

During her address to the Human Rights Council, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said that she was "deeply concerned" over the "impact of recent actions" by the Indian government on the "human rights of Kashmiris" including the detention of political leaders and activists in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ever since India abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu-Kashmir, Pakistan has unsuccessfully tried to internationalise the issue.
Notwithstanding the diabolic rhetoric from the neighbouring country, New Delhi has made it clear that the issue is "strictly internal" to India.

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