Hypocritical of India to do away with UNSC’s key priorities: FO

The Nation  |  Aug 04, 2021

ISLAMABAD - Foreign Office said Tuesday that India was a hypocritical country that has systematically done away with any semblance of moderation, efforts for dialogue and abiding by international law, to project itself as the voice of these three.

In response to Indian External Affairs Minister’s tweet regarding India’s priorities during the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “The Indian External Affairs Minister has spelled out three key priorities for India during its presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August: voice of moderation; advocate of dialogue; proponent of international law.”

He added: “It is highly hypocritical of a country that has systematically done away with any semblance of moderation, efforts for dialogue and abiding by international law, to project itself as the voice of these three.”

Spain to take on Brazil in men's football final in Tokyo Olympics The extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology has permeated all the state institutions of India, and RSS-BJP regime’s record is replete with instances of gross and systematic violations of the rights of minorities, in particular Muslims, he said. “Before preaching moderation to the world, India must set its own house in order. As for dialogue, India has consistently scuttled any efforts for a constructive and meaningful dialogue in its own neighbourhood,” he said.

On assuming the office, Prime Minister Imran Khan had clearly underlined that if India would take one step for peace, Pakistan would take two, he reminded.

Says India consistently scuttled efforts for meaningful dialogue in its own neighbourhood

However, rather than engaging in dialogue, India vitiated the environment through its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019. It is India, which has to create the enabling environment for a meaningful dialogue that promotes peace and precludes the occurrences leading to conflict in the region, Chaudhri said.

PM asks Muslim countries to counter growing Islamophobia As for international law, India remains in clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions for more than seven decades. The series of Indian illegal and unilateral actions since 5 August 2019 are also in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, UNSC resolutions and the fourth Geneva Convention, he reminded.

“India would be well-advised to abide by these principles before projecting itself as their champion,” the spokesperson emphasized.

Meanwhile, Pakistan strongly condemned custodial death and extra-judicial killing of two innocent Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

More than 100 innocent Kashmiris have been martyred by Indian occupation forces in IIOJK during the current year alone. The occupation army has intensified arbitrary detention of Kashmiris and their extra-judicial killings in the name of so-called “cordon-and-search operations”. Refusal to return human remains of those martyred to their families for funeral reflects moral bankruptcy of the current BJP government in New Delhi.

Khalid Mansoor appointed SAPM on CPEC affairs India should be well aware that use of brutal force against innocent Kashmiris will never succeed in breaking their will to fight for their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, said the foreign ministry in a statement.

“We call upon the international community to hold India to account for its grave human rights violations in the occupied territory including, among others, custodial deaths and extra-judicial killings, which must be investigated by an international Commission of Inquiry as recommended by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in its reports of 2018 and 2019,” he said.

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