Prime Minister Imran Khan early Saturday delivered his address to the 76th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, where “drew attention to a detailed dossier on gross and systematic violations of human rights by the Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.”
“Indian actions violate the resolutions of the UN Security Council on Jammu and Kashmir. The resolutions clearly prescribe that the ‘final disposition’ of the disputed territory should be decided by its people, through a free and impartial plebiscite held under the UN auspices,” Imran Khan said at the Assembly.
“India’s actions in occupied Jammu and Kashmir also violate international human rights and humanitarian laws, including the 4th Geneva Convention, and amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” he added.
The Pakistani premier regretted that the world’s approach to violations of human rights “lacks even-handedness, and even is selective”.
Imran Khan cited the snatching of the mortal remains of the Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, from his family, denying him a proper Islamic funeral and burial, in accordance with his wishes and Muslim traditions, as the most recent example of “Indian barbarity”.
“Devoid of any legal or moral sanction, this action was even against the basic norms of human decency,” he said, adding: “I call on this General Assembly to demand that Syed Geelani’s mortal remains be allowed to be buried in the Cemetery of Martyrs with the appropriate Islamic rites.”
The Pakistan prime minister said that the country desires peace with India, as with all its neighbours. “But sustainable peace in South Asia is contingent upon resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he said.
Exercising its right of reply on Imran Khan’s statements on Kashmir at the UN, India on Saturday said on the world forum that “Pakistan has an established history and policy of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists.”
India said that the entire union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India”, including the areas that are administered by Pakistan.
“Pakistan is an arsonist, disguising itself as firefighter. Minorities of Pakistan live in constant fear and state sponsored suppression of their rights,” First Secretary Sneha Dubey said at UN.
“We keep hearing that Pakistan is a ‘victim of terrorism’. Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror,” Dubey said.