In a bid to corner India on issue of Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, Pakistan unsuccessfully running from pillar to post to garner international support. It has tried all possible options, from nuclear threat to playing communal card of Islam to force the world community to intervene and pressurise India to roll back its unilateral decision on Kashmir. Instead of getting positive response from International community, Pakistan faced humiliation at various world forums, be it United Nations Security Council (UNSC) or Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and off late, in United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on September 10, 2019.
India – Pak standoff at UNHRC
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while addressing the UNHRC session, criticised India’s unilateral decision of abrogation of Article 370 and accused of human rights violation in Kashmir and called for an UN-backed committee to probe the situation in Kashmir. India strongly rebutted Pakistan’s remarks as “offensive rhetoric”, false allegations” and “concocted charges”. India’s Secretary (East), Ms Vijay Thakur Singh hitting out hard at Pakistan said, “One delegation here has given a running commentary with offensive rhetoric of false allegations and concocted charges against my country.
The world is aware that this fabricated narrative comes from the epicenter of global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years. This nation conducts cross-border terrorism as a form of ‘alternate diplomacy.” She reiterated the fact that any decision on Kashmir is the internal matter of India and said “no country can accept interference in its internal matter. She further added “as a result of recent legislative measures, progressive policies will now be fully applicable to our citizens in J&K, & Ladakh. These will end gender discrimination, better protect juvenile rights and make applicable rights to education, information, and work.”
Exercising India’s right to reply to Pakistan’s allegations, India’s First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India at UN in Geneva, Vimarsh Aryan, a diplomat from Jammu & Kashmir rejected the Pakistan’s false narrative and said “I have been forced to take the floor to call out the blatant misrepresentation of facts and false narrative peddled by Pakistan in all its statements today. This is an ill-disguised effort to advance its territorial ambitions. We reject this propaganda.”He also said that “Pakistan’s 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. This is the reason that Pakistan no longer publishes official statistics about its minorities as India does. It defies credibility that Pakistan, which is the epicentre of global terrorism, is claiming to speak on behalf of unnamed countries on the issue of human rights. It forgets that terrorism is the worst form of human rights abuse.”
Pakistan’s has almost exhausted all its diplomatic options and running out of steam to gather International support on the Kashmir issue. Pakistan is now heavily relying on mobilization of public opinion by exploiting social media. It appears that entire nation has stormed the social media platforms with Prime Minister Imran khan himself leading the peck like a common netizen, demeaning the sanctity of a head of a state, with false and fabricated propaganda on human rights violations in Kashmir. Simultaneously he also coercing the people of Pakistan for organising jalsa, ‘dharnas’ and ‘marches’ to express solidarity with people of Kashmir. Pakistan has to ponder as to why there is no taker of its Kashmir narrative. If Pakistan expects to be heard by the world community then it must set own house in order first. Pakistan has to answer itself on forced conversions of minorities, forced disappearances, brutal killings in Balochistan, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), Sindh, Karachi- list is unending.
14 Sep 19/Saturday Written by Fayaz