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.'
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.