Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), comprehensively rebutted Pakistan on the Kashmir issue in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Geneva on Tuesday. 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. Adding that the recent developments and modifications to Article 370 remain an entirely internal matter for India, Vimarsh Aryan maintained that it is for the benefit of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir. Reiterating Secretary (East) MEA Vijay Thakur Singh statement on cross-border terrorism backed by the neighbouring country, the First Secretary MEA called out Pakistan for being the "epicentre of global terrorism".
"Mr. President, 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 advanced its territorial ambitions. We reject this propaganda. I wish to inform the Council that Article 370 was a temporary provision of the Indian constitution. The recent modification to Article 370 is within our sovereign right and entirely an internal matter of India. The decision removes impediments to the enjoyment of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh, especially those dealing with women, children and disadvantaged sections of our society in that region. Mr. President, we are not surprised with Pakistan’s hysterical statements with false, fabricated narratives aimed to politicize and polarize this forum. Pakistan realises that our recent decision cuts the very ground under its feet by creating obstacles in its continuing sponsorship of cross-border terrorism against India. In this desperate mind frame, some Pakistani leaders have gone as far as to call for Jihad and to encourage violence both inside J&K and in third countries in order to paint a picture of genocide, which even they know is far from reality. Pakistan has pretended to speak as the voice of the global community on human rights, but the world cannot be fooled. Pakistan’s gory record speaks for itself. Its rhetoric will not distract international attention from Pakistan’s persecution of religious and ethnic minorities be it Christians, Sikhs, Shias, Ahmadiyyas and Hindus. This is the reason Pakistan no longer publishes official statistics on minorities as India does. The blatant use of blasphemy laws in Pakistan to persecute minorities is well documented. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman was incarcerated for years. So was Abdul Shakoor, the 82-year-old Ahmadiyya under the Anti-Terrorism Act for selling books. The recent case of the abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a minor Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur exemplifies the state of women, especially from the minority communities in Pakistan. And, today in this Council, Pakistan has the audacity to tell others about human rights that it so egregiously violates again and again. Mr. President, as regards OIC, it has no locus standi to comment on the internal affairs of India. J&K has been, is and shall continue to be an integral part of India. Pakistan’s nefarious designs will never succeed because the people of India are united in their determination to preserve our territorial integrity along with our core values of democracy, tolerance and unity in diversity. J&K and Ladakh will continue to progress and prosper along with the rest of India. 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."
Earlier, Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) put forth India's official position on the matter of Jammu and Kashmir, exposing Pakistan over "offensive rhetoric of false allegations & concocted charges against India".
"A delegation has given a running commentary with offensive rhetoric of false allegations & concocted charges against my country. World is aware that this narrative comes from epicentre of global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years," Vijay Thakur Singh said at UNHRC, Geneva.