India reacts, calls Islamabad ‘epicentre’ of terror

India reacts, calls Islamabad ‘epicentre’ of terror

UNITED NATIONS: India has rebuffed Pakistan’s attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, by denouncing Islamabad as the global “epicenter” of terrorism and accused it of trying to destabilize the state.
“Pakistan has created militant outfits against India. This monster is now devouring its own creator,” Ajit Kumar, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, told the Council meeting in the Swiss city on Wednesday.
Kumar said: “The fundamental reason for disturbances in parts of Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism aided and abetted by Pakistan.”
Pakistan has been carrying out, “an intense campaign to destabilize” the state through “infiltration and cross-border terrorism, inciting, promoting and glorifying violence”, he said.
Calling terrorism “the grossest violation of human rights”, Kumar added that ‘members will recognise the irony of a nation that has established a well-earned reputation of being a global epicentre of terrorism holding forth on human rights. For the past two decades, the most wanted terrorists of the world have found succour and sustenance in Pakistan.”
“Pakistan’s unwarranted references to UN Security Council resolutions are grossly misleading as Pakistan was required to vacate the parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under its illegal and forced occupation.”
“The robust and mature Indian democracy proved once again that it has sufficiently strong and adequate mechanisms to redress any internal difficulties even if they are incited from outside,” the Permanent Representative said.
Kumar asserted the fact that over 99 per cent of the high school students in the state have written their exams indicated the return of normalcy, he added.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had fast-tracked a $12 billion development package for the state.
—Agencies

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