World has re­jected Pak’s bid to politi­cise J&K is­sue: MEA

‘Its Cam­paign In UNHRC Was Based On Lies’ Pak mantri: Peo­ple be­lieve them, not us

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK Omer Fa­rooq Khan

New Delhi: After Pak­istan claimed to be speak­ing on be­half of many coun­tries at UNHRC on the sit­u­a­tion in J&K, In­dia on Thurs­day re­it­er­ated that Is­lam­abad’s cam­paign was based on lies and that its at­tempts to po­larise and politi­cise the Kash­mir is­sue had been re­jected.

“It is quite au­da­cious on the part of Pak­istan that the coun­try which is har­bour­ing ter­ror­ists, which is the epi­cen­tre of ter­ror­ism, is pre­tend­ing to speak on be­half of the global com­mu­nity on hu­man rights,” said MEA spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar. “Pak­istan’s at­tempts to po­larise and politi­cise the Kash­mir is­sue at the UNHRC have been re­jected,” he said.

“Their record of per­secu

J&K gover­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik on Thurs­day launched a scheme to pro­vide op­ti­mum prices to ap­ple grow­ers. ‘I can tell the peo­ple of Kash­mir that there is a huge sym­pa­thy for them from the peo­ple of New Delhi. What­ever you de­mand, you will be given,’ said Ma­lik

tion of mi­nori­ties, both eth­nic and re­li­gious, I don’t need to am­plify...the cred­i­bil­ity of the mes­sen­ger here is highly sus­pect. This is some­thing Pak­istan

in­te­rior min­is­ter Ijaz Ahmed Shah put PM Im­ran Khan in a spot by blam­ing the “rul­ing elite” for Is­lam­abad’s fail­ure to gar­ner global sup­port against In­dia on the Kash­mir is­sue. “Peo­ple don’t be­lieve us in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. We say they (In­dia) im­posed cur­few and are not giving medicines to peo­ple of J&K. Peo­ple do not be­lieve us, but they be­lieve them,” Shah said. He said the “rul­ing elite” in­cluded all lead­ers, start­ing from Gen­eral Zia-ulHaq. When asked if Im­ran and his top ad­vi­sors were also in­cluded in what he termed as the “rul­ing elite”, he said: “Ev­ery­one is re­spon­si­ble. Pak­istan should now do a soul search­ing.” |

which the global com­mu­nity is aware of,” he added.

He said re­peat­ing a lie four or five times does not turn it into a “gospel truth” adding that the global com­mu­nity was aware of Pak­istan’s role in aid­ing, abet­ting and sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist in­fra­struc­ture which they have in their coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to agency re­ports from Geneva, MEA sec­re­tary (east) Vi­jay Thakur Singh met UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Michelle Bachelet to dis­cuss with her Pak­istan’s at­tempts to fan trou­ble in the val­ley through cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism. “We dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir. It’s fast re­turn­ing to nor­mal. She ap­pre­ci­ated that. We will con­tinue to en­gage with her. We briefed her about Pak­istan’s sup­port to ter­ror­ism,’’ Singh was quoted as hav­ing said after the meet­ing.

His re­marks came two days after In­dia and Pak­istan en­gaged in a war of words over the Kash­mir is­sue on Tues­day at the UNHRC with New Delhi de­fend­ing its “sov­er­eign de­ci­sion” to re­voke J&K’s spe­cial status, an is­sue on which Is­lam­abad de­manded an in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the global rights body.


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