Pakistan should be held accountable for hosting dreaded, listed terrorists: India at UN | India News – News Vibe24

     Pakistan should be held accountable for hosting dreaded, listed terrorists: India at UN | India News - Times of India
    GENEVA: “Arguing that Pakistan should be held accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism,” India said on Tuesday that Islamabad continued to provide pensions to “terrorist” and “listed” terrorists and was hosting them in its territory as a state.
    Exercising its right to respond to Pakistan’s remarks at the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), New Delhi underlined the systematic persecution of minorities in Pakistan through draconian laws on blasphemy, coercion and forced marriage.
    India’s remarks come as Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, sought to raise the issue of Kashmir in an interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s annual report.
    Pawankumar Badhe, the first secretary of India’s permanent mission to Geneva, lamented that Pakistan “again abused this platform to make baseless and irresponsible allegations against India.”
    “The scourge of terrorism is the most serious violation of human rights and must be dealt with in the strongest possible way in all its forms and manifestations,” he said.
    Pakistan, as a state policy, continues to provide pensions to terrorized and listed terrorists and is hosting them on its territory, Banja said, adding that it was “time” for Pakistan to be held accountable for helping and fighting terrorism.
    He accused Islamabad of distracting the council from the “deplorable human rights situation in Pakistan”.
    Stressing that the situation of minorities in Pakistan is evident from their shrinking size, Bance said: “Forced conversions have become a daily occurrence in Pakistan. We have seen reports of underage girls belonging to religious minorities being abducted, raped. “More than 1,000 girls belonging to religious minorities are forcibly converted to Pakistan every year.”
    He condemned the attack and vandalism of ancient sites of religious minorities in Pakistan and said that Pakistan had also become a country of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions of political activists, students, journalists, human rights defenders and human rights defenders.
    “The systematic persecution of minorities, including Christians, Ahmadiyyas, Sikhs, Hindus through draconian blasphemy laws, forced conversions and marriages and extrajudicial killings, has become a regular occurrence in Pakistan.” Pakistan has the dubious distinction of being listed as one of the most dangerous countries for the practice of journalism.
    “Journalists are threatened, intimidated, blown away, abducted and in some cases killed, mainly to silence critics of the Foundation. While the families of the victims continue to fight for justice, the perpetrators of these acts enjoy complete impunity,” he concluded.

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