Pakistan extols virtues of terrorists: India in United Nations


Last Modified: Thu, Jul 14 2016. 02 53 PM IST
India’s permanent representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin told the world body that Pakistan ‘uses terrorism as state policy’


Indian envoy to the UN said Maleeha Lodi’s statement on Kashmir was an ‘attempt at misuse of this UN platform’ and called it ‘regrettable’. Photo: AFP

New Delhi: India on Thursday slammed Pakistan’s attempts to put it in the dock for alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, describing Pakistan as a country that “extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists”. 
Pakistan’s accusations came after some 30 protesters were killed in Jammu and Kashmir in clashes with the police last weekend, following the shooting of Burhan Wani, a leader of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.
India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin told the world body that Pakistan “uses terrorism as state policy”.
Akbaruddin’s strongly worded remarks — made during a debate on human rights — came after Pakistan’s representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodi, described Wani’s killing last Friday as “extra-judicial” and an example of Indian human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir that included arbitrary detentions and summary executions, according to a PTIreport.
“Its most chilling recent example is the extra-judicial killing last week of a Kashmiri leader, Burhan Wani, shot to death by Indian forces along with dozens of other innocent Kashmiris,” Lodi was quoted as saying.
After Wani was killed by Indian security forces in Kashmir, some 30 people were reported killed in subsequent protests.
Lodi also described Wani as a “Kashmiri leader”—a formulation previously used by the Pakistani foreign office in a statement issued on Sunday—something India strongly objected to earlier this week.
In his response, the Indian envoy to the UN said Lodi’s statement on Kashmir was an “attempt at misuse of this UN platform” and called it “regrettable”.
He described Pakistan as “a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination.”
“Pakistan is the same country whose track record has failed to convince the international community to gain membership of the Human Rights Council in this very Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“The international community has long seen through such designs. Cynical attempts, like the one this morning therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations,” Akbaruddin said.
A country “as diverse, pluralistic and tolerant” as India is committed to the rule of law and this was enshrined in its founding principles, Akbaruddin said.
“We remain strongly committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all through pursuit of dialogue and cooperation,” he added.
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