New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Truth cannot be long hidden! The proverb came to life today as Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while addressing the UN Human Rights Commission on the issue of Kashmir, referred to Jammu and Kashmir as the “Indian state”. 

As Pakistan will seek a resolution or an urgent debate on the issue, India is sending a secretary-level bureaucrat to counter Pakistan with its own set of dossiers explaining the situation that led to scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan's continuous support to terrorism and separatism in Kashmir Valley, prohibitory orders in only a few police stations across the state and the number of casualties since clampdown is limited to five.

Addressing the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Qureshi said the UNHRC must not remain "indifferent" to the situation in Kashmir after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status, saying it is the repository of the world's conscience on human rights.

He levelled allegations and made unsubstantiated claims that Jammu and Kashmir 'had been converted into a prison with people being denied access to basic amenities'.

 

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He said the UNHRC must not remain indifferent to the situation in Kashmir after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

"Today, I have knocked on the doors of the Human Rights Council, the repository of the world's conscience on human rights, to seek justice and respect for the people of Kashmir," he said.

"We must not allow this august body to be embarrassed on the world stage. As a founding member of this Council, Pakistan feels morally and ethically bound to prevent this from occurring," he said, adding that in order to do so the body should not remain indifferent to the situation that was unfolding.

"We must act decisively and with conviction," he said.

His statement came a day after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed "deep concern" over the impact of restrictions in Kashmir, and asked India to ease the current lockdowns to ensure people's access to basic services.

India last month abrogated the provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

India's move evoked strong reactions from Pakistan with its Prime Minister Imran Khan making provocative anti-India rhetoric, which India dubbed as "irresponsible statements".

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta