A high-level Indian delegation led by MEA Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh on Thursday met UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in Geneva and briefed her about steps taken by the Indian government to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370. She also apprised the UN High Commissioner about Pakistan's continued efforts to destabilise the situation in J&K through terrorism. Rajiv Kumar Chander, India's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, was also a part of the delegation that met Bachelet. The delegation meeting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing 42nd UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
Secretary Vijay Thakur Singh met with UNHR High Commissioner @mbachelet in Geneva and briefed her on the steps taken towards gradual return to normalcy in J&K. Conveyed India’s concerns on the threat posed by cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/eS9yMqtENF— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) September 12, 2019
Speaking to news agency ANI about her meeting UNHR High Commissioner, MEA Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh said that she briefed Michelle Bachelet about the situation in J&K, adding that India will continue to engage with her. Vijay Thakur Singh further stated she briefed Bachelet about the continuous efforts of Pakistan to disturb peace in the region through terrorism.
"We discussed the situation in Kashmir. It's fast returning to normal. She (Bachelet) appreciated that. We will continue to engage with her. We briefed her about Pakistan's support to terrorism and continued efforts to destroy the situation there through terrorism," the MEA Secretary (East) said.
On Tuesday, India firmly rejected Pakistan's allegations on the developments in J&K, calling out the neighbouring country over their "fabricated narrative". Terming Pakistan "the epicenter of global terrorism", Vijay Thakur Singh stated that it uses 'terrorism as alternative diplomacy'. Furthermore, Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), comprehensively rebutted Pakistan on the Kashmir issue at the UNHRC, Geneva. Speaking at the UNHRC on India's behalf, Vimarsh Aryan took down Pakistan over its interference in India's internal affairs with regards to J&K. He also maintained India's stand that abrogation of Article 370 is for the benefit and development of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.