India has strongly hit back at Pakistan for raising the issue of encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani at the United Nations. Flaying Pakistan establishment for internationalising the issues involving the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India sternly accused it of using terrorism as a state policy to meddle in the territorial affairs of others.
India‘s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin responded strongly to the remarks made by Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi on Kashmir and Wani’s killing during a debate on human rights in the 193-member UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
“Regrettably, earlier today we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination,” Syed Akbaruddin said in a strongly worded statement at the global body headquarters.
Earlier in her statement, Maleeha Lodhi had termed the encounter killing of Burhan Wani as “extra-judicial”. Further, the Pakistan envoy had also referred to the militancy posterboy as a “Kashmiri leader”.
Lashing out at Lodhi’s raising of the Kashmir issue at the multi-lateral world body, Akbaruddin asserted that Pakistan’s “track record” failed to convince the international community that it should gain membership of the Human Rights Council in this very session of the UNGA.
“The international community has long seen through such designs. Cynical attempts, like the one this morning therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations,” he said.
Akbaruddin asserted in his statement that as a “diverse, pluralistic and tolerant” society, India’s commitment to the rule of law, democracy and human rights is enshrined in its founding principles.
“We remain strongly committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all through pursuit of dialogue and cooperation,” he said.
More than 30 people have been killed, including two security personnel, and more than 500 are injured in the clashes between protesters and security personnel following Wani’s killing in an encounter last week.
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the tensed situation in Kashmir, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on all parties to exercise “maximum restraint to avoid further violence” and sought for direct discussions between India and Pakistan.
“I think the Secretary-General, as we said earlier this week, is obviously following the situation in Kashmir very closely. I think he regretted the loss of life and calls on all the parties to exercise restraint,” Ban’s spokesman St phane Dujarric told the press.
(With inputs from the Agencies)