Pakistan slams India over the Occupied Kashmir human rights abuses at the top UN Forum

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Pakistan slams India over the Occupied Kashmir human rights abuses at the top UN Forum

ISLAMABAD - A committee of the UN General Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution calling for promotion and protection of human rights of persons belonging to minorities.

The resolution, titled “Effective promotion of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities”, was adopted in the General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, welcoming the adoption of the resolution, drew the international community's attention towards the plight of Muslims in India, especially in occupied Kashmir and Assam.

Second Secretary at Pakistan Mission to the UN, Qasim Aziz pointed out that the recent report of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues has deplored the treatment of millions of Muslims in Assam who face the threat of being deemed 'foreigners' and treated as non-citizens.

Referring to the current crisis in occupied Kashmir, he said the abrogation of Article 35A and 370 of Indian Constitution was clearly aimed at changing demography of the disputed state, to turn the indigenous Muslim majority population into a minority.

He said the current human rights and humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir could lead to forced displacement of its Muslim population and render them stateless.

The Pakistani delegate also warned the committee that a process of wiping out the Islamic heritage in India is currently underway in pursuance of the ruling BJP party's “Hindutva” ideology.

He said the Indian Muslims face an existential threat today and the recent verdict on Babri mosque in Ayodyha is a true illustration of this mindset.