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Jammu & Kashmir Is An Integral Part Of India, Says India At The UN, On 'Empty Rhetoric' By Pakistan

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| June 26 , 2018 , 11:38 IST

Pakistan's support of a United Nations Human Rights report alleging human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir was sharply slammed by India at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate on Monday.

During a UNGA debate on ‘The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity’ Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi alleged that people in Kashmir are among victims of “egregious crimes” such as killings and mass-blinding.

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First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu in India’s Right of Reply slammed Pakistan's use of empty rhetoric on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir which is an 'integral and inalienable' part of India.

"While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” said India's representative Bayyapu.

"I'd like to place on record that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality," he said.

On June 14, the UN Human Rights Council had released its first-ever report on alleged human rights violations in both Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). The report was swiftly rejected by India which said the UN report was  "fallacious, tendentious and motivated" and that it violated India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The UN Human Rights Council also recently witnessed the exit of the US, which claimed that the UN body was ignoring human rights violations in certain areas and was not living up to its name by inviting nations violating human rights as members to the UN council.