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Systemic persecution of minorities through draconian blasphemy laws in Pakistan: India to UNHRC

“The scourge of terrorism is the gravest violation of human rights and must be dealt with in strongest terms in all its forms and manifestations,” he said.

Systemic persecution of minorities through draconian blasphemy laws in Pakistan: India to UNHRC-dnm
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Geneva, First Published Jun 23, 2021, 2:11 PM IST
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Geneva: Systemic persecution of minorities through draconian blasphemy laws, forced conversions and marriages and extrajudicial killings have become a daily phenomenon in Pakistan, India informed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). 

Exercising its right to reply after Pakistan raked up Kashmir issue at the interactive dialogue on the annual report of the High Commissioner, Indian Permanent Mission in Geneva’s first secretary Pawankumar Badhe demanded to hold Pakistan accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism.

“The scourge of terrorism is the gravest violation of human rights and must be dealt with in strongest terms in all its forms and manifestations,” he said.

Badhe further added that Pakistan, as its state policy, continues to provide pensions to dreaded and listed terrorists  and hosts them on its territory.

Expressing regret, he accused Pakistan of once again misusing the platform for making unfounded and irresponsible allegations against India.

During his reply, he also highlighted the deplorable human rights situation in Pakistan and said Pakistan has the dubious distinction of being listed as one of the most dangerous countries from practice of journalism.

“Journalists are threatened, intimidated, taken off air, kidnapped an din some cases killed, mainly to silence critics of the establishment. While families of victims continue to struggle for justice, the perpetrators of these acts have enjoyed completely,” the first secretary said.

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