New York: India’s Joint Secretary at UNES (United Nations Economic and Social), Srinivas Gotru, on Wednesday condemned Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s remarks on minorities and the Kashmir issue and said it was ironic that Islamabad itself had “condemned” the rights of minorities. seriously violated the rights of minorities.
Speaking at the UN high-level meeting on the rights of minorities, an Indian diplomat said, “It is ironic that Pakistan is speaking about the rights of minorities. The country which has even stopped publishing its data to hide its shameful record, it is surprising that they have taken up this topic as well. It has a long history of grossest violation of minority rights the world has ever seen.”
Gotru said that Pakistan continues to grossly violate the rights of Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis. He also said that in Pakistan, thousands of women and children, especially girls from minority communities, have been subjected to abduction, forced marriage and convergence.
“The entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, were ours and will always be an integral and inseparable part of India, irrespective of what the representatives of Pakistan believe or covet. We call upon Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism so that our citizens can exercise their right to life and liberty. We hope that they will desist from trying to misuse and politicize such meetings.”
Earlier, Pakistan’s foreign minister at the United Nations made false claims that India was turning into a Hindu supremacist state and raised the issue of Kashmir.
According to the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), Pakistan is moving in an increasingly conservative Islamic direction, and the condition of Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities, especially women, has worsened.
The situation of Hindu and Christian groups in Pakistan is generally poor, but women from these communities are the worst victims of the discriminatory attitude of the authorities, political groups, religious parties, feudal structures and the Muslim majority.
According to the IFFRAS report, religious minority women and girls are abducted, forcibly converted, married and abused, and their families fail in their efforts to challenge these crimes using legal means.
While kidnappings, forced conversions, forced marriages, the fate of religious minority women and girls are often sealed as the handling of such cases through existing legislation or legal recourse is unavailable or ineffective.
Human rights groups have documented the plight of Pakistan’s religious minorities for years, but it is only recently that these minorities have become the focus of popular discourse due to revelations on social media about their treatment, IFFRAS reported.