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Pak raises Kashmir HR violations at UN, India rebuts


United Nations, May 03: Pakistan raised the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir at the United Nation’s Committee on Information which was strongly rebutted by India by saying that it was ‘irrelevant to the work of the panel’.
Pakistan’s delegate Masood Anwar, addressing a session of Committee on Information said, “The world we live in today is marred with conflict and strife while we maintain unity in fighting terrorism and extremism. Countering the narrative of this twisted ideologies is imperative, Anwar said during a General Debate on Committee on Information.
He said the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) can play an important role in defusing tensions and promoting interfaith harmony.
“Human rights violations in particular are a matter of serious concern to the international community,” he said.
He urged DPI to highlight situations where “grave violations of human rights are taking place”, especially against the Rohingya, Kashmiris and Palestinians.
India strongly rejected Anwar’s reference to Kashmir, saying his remarks are irrelevant to the work of the Committee.
“We have seen another attempt here today to make reference to issues extraneous to the agenda of the Committee. We completely reject these remarks as they have no relevance to the work of the Committee,” S Srinivas Prasad, Minister in the Indian Mission to the UN, said during the session.
In his statement, Prasad said India supports the DPI’s work on counter-terrorism. “India is opposed to all forms of terrorism and believes that effective cooperation among countries is necessary to combat the threat,” he said.