India on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for providing sustenance to the scourge of terrorism in Kashmir.
Responding to Pakistan's statement at the 35th session of at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), India accused Pakistan of pursuing political objectives in Kashmir, asserting that Islamabad’s continued support to terrorist groups is part of its security and foreign policy to destabilize Kashmir.
“Pakistan's unsolicited and unwarranted comments pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India, are factually incorrect and bear no relationship to reality,” India said in a statement.
“The foremost challenge to stability in Kashmir is the scourge of terrorism, which receives sustenance from Pakistan. Contrary to Pakistan's claims, and in gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1267, the designated terrorists entities and organisations continue to carry out their activities freely as reported in the Pakistan's media,” the statement added.
India said “Pakistan has been misusing the august platform to pursue its political objectives and keeps referring to UN Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. But it forgets its own obligation under these resolutions to first vacate the illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.”
India further blamed Pakistan of resorting to diversionary tactics as India has already handed over concrete evidence to Pakistan about their cross-border encouragement and support for the protests in Kashmir.
“India has a robust institutional framework in place to ensure adherence of law and respect for fundamental rights of the people,” read the statement.
India asked Pakistan to introspect and focus on improving human rights situation and dismantling the terror infrastructure in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir as "Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is administered by a deep-state' and has become an epicentre of terrorism. Pakistan's human rights record in Pakistan's Occupied Kashmir and Balochistan is deplorable.