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Pakistan continues to foment ‘culture of violence’ at home, across its borders: India at UN

Accusing Pakistan of sheltering and supporting terrorists, India said the country foments a ‘culture of violence’ at home and across its borders and its deplorable human rights records and discriminatory treatment of religious minorities is a cause of ‘persistent concern’ for the global community.

“Unfortunately, we have witnessed another attempt by the delegation of Pakistan to exploit a UN platform for hate speech against India. Talk of ‘culture of peace’ from the delegation of Pakistan is nothing but a decoy to divert attention from their own shameful records,” Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Paulomi Tripathi, said at the high-level forum on the ‘Culture of Peace’ at the 74th United Nations General Assembly.

India also pointed out how ‘blasphemy laws are used against religious minorities such as Hindus, Christians and Sikhs to violate their human rights and dignity,’ adding that women and girls remain particularly vulnerable in Pakistan as they are abducted, raped, forcefully converted and married to their violators. The pandemic has only aggravated the situation, it said.

“Talk of ‘culture of peace’ from the delegation of Pakistan is nothing but a decoy to divert attention from their own shameful records. Before making absurd allegations against India, where equal rights of people of all faiths are guaranteed by the constitution, the delegation of Pakistan must do itself a favour of looking at their own system and records of protecting minorities,” Tripathi said.

India also pointed out how ‘blasphemy laws are used against religious minorities such as Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, to violate their human rights and dignity.’

A number of cases of conversation of Hindus and Sikhs have emerged in the country in recent past including of the conversation of Sikh Girl Jagjit Kaur alias Ayesha Bibi, which was forceful according to her family. India in its statement said, “Women and girls remain particularly vulnerable as they are abducted, raped, forcefully converted and married to their violators” and “pandemic has aggravated the situation.”

Pakistan has been rocked by a gangrape of a women on Lahore Sialkot motorway.

India suggested the Pakistani delegation at the UN that “before making absurd allegations against India, where equal rights of people of all faiths are guaranteed by the constitution” the country “must do itself a favour of looking at their own system and records of protecting minorities.”

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