‘Pakistan should practice good neighbourliness’: India at UNHRC

V Aryan, First Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs was quoted as saying that Pakistan should practise tolerance towards their minorities and maintain good neighbourliness towards India.

V Aryan, First Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs at the UNHRC on June 16 Photo: PTI (File)

On Tuesday (June 16), India criticised Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), underlining that most of the human rights violators and terrorists breed under its nose and also urged the neighbour to practise tolerance.

Vimarsh Aryan, First Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs was quoted as saying that Pakistan should practise tolerance towards their minorities and maintain good neighbourliness towards India, so that the South-Asian region sees peace.

The India representative said that it is unfortunate and is not unexpected from the deep state of Pakistan, which is continuing an incessant abuse of its membership in the Council, for propagating an immoral, illegal, and inhuman territorial ambition.

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He added that Pakistan conveniently ignores that Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) states that the principle of self-determination must not be utilized as a garb to promote activities. Activities in violation of the UN Charter and those which are detrimental to territorial integrity and political unity of member states, should not be promoted.

Aryan added that Pakistan is an epicentre of global terrorism and irrresponsibly harps on self-determination of the already democratic Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The attacks on a Hindu funeral procession as well as on a Christian church in Sindh and Punjab provinces, portray the plight of various minorities in Pakistan. Citing the incidents, Aryan said that the world is witnessing unabated torture, maiming and systematic persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan.

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