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‘Your PM admits training terrorists’, India slams Pakistan at UN Human Rights Council

Vishnu Vasisht

India on Tuesday described Pakistan as a 'hub of terrorism' and said Islamabad should not lecture anyone on undue human rights, as it has consistently tortured ethnic and other religious minorities including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.

Using its right to respond to the remarks made by Pakistan in the 45th session of the Human Rights Council here, the Indian delegate said that Pakistan's reputation of defaming India in order to fulfill its ulterior motives by making false and fabricated allegations has become a habit.

First secretary, Permanent mission of India in Geneva Pawan Badhe said that neither India nor anyone else needed to listen to a narrative on human rights from a country that has been persecuting its ethnic and religious minorities. "It is the center of terrorism, the specialty of this country is to give pension to those included in the UN sanctions list and the Prime Minister of this country proudly accepts training of thousands of terrorists for fighting in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

India said that despite continued efforts by the neighboring country to infiltrate terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and derail the democratic process, Revived democracy at the grassroots level in Kashmir has given impetus to social and economic development here.

During a debate at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council here, Permanent Representative of India Indramani Pandey said that India is committed to upholding all human rights. "Human rights agenda and its debate should be conducted in a fair and transparent manner while not interfering with the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and the internal affairs of the country," added Pandey.

Referring to the abolition of most of the provisions of Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, he said that due to this change, people of the Union Territory are enjoying the same fundamental rights as those in other parts of India.

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