Revocation Of J&K’s Special Status Sovereign Decision, Says India At UNHRC
Revocation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status was a sovereign decision taken by the Indian Parliament and the country cannot accept any interference in its internal affairs, India asserted at the United Nations Human Rights Council, while strongly rejecting Pakistan's “malicious” campaign on the issue.
Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh, in a clear reference to Pakistan, said there was a need to call out those who are misusing the UNHRC for malicious political agenda under the garb of human rights.
“They cry victim when they actually are the perpetrators,” she said, rejecting Pakistan's charges against India on the issue at the 42nd session of the UNHRC. She said the recent legislative measures taken by India in Jammu & Kashmir were within the framework of its Constitution.
“These decisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other legislation passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to India. No country can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India,” Singh said.
Earlier, Pakistan demanded an international investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world rights body not to remain “indifferent” after India revoked Jammu & Kashmir’s special status.