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India And Pakistan To Face Off Over Jammu and Kashmir At UN Rights Body Today
India and Pakistan are expected to face off today over Jammu and Kashmir at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland. Pakistan, which has so far been
India And Pakistan To Face Off Over Jammu and Kashmir At UN Rights Body Today (representational image)
New Delhi: At the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, India is expected to face off Pakistan. The two countries are expected to discuss Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan, which has so far been unsuccessfully flagging the government's move to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories at various international forums, had announced that it will speak on the matter.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan who is leading their delegation, tweeted that Pakistan will speak "definitively" at UNHRC sessions on Kashmir. He had also cited the comments of UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on the issue.
The UN High Commissioner in her address said that she was "deeply concerned" over the "impact of recent actions" by the Indian government on the "human rights of Kashmiris" including the detention of political leaders and activists in Jammu and Kashmir.
The High Commissioner expelled by Pakistan as part of a five-point plan to downgrade ties with India, Ajay Bisaria will lead the delegation along with Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary East.
Pakistan wrote to the United Nations last month, flagging what it called "massive violations of International Human Rights Law" in Jammu and Kashmir. But its efforts fell flat as, at the closed-door meeting held at UN, the participating nations -- barring China -- had sided with India, agreeing that the changes in Jammu and Kashmir were an internal matter.
"The letter is not worth the paper it is written on," the foreign ministry later responded.
US President Donald Trump, who earlier offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, signalled a return to hands-off approach after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in France.
"We spoke last night about Kashmir... and the Prime Minister really feels that he has the situation under control," said President Trump during the joint press meet with PM Modi.
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