Amid the debate surrounding attempts to isolate Islamabad diplomatically, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said the Government of India has received a setback in its efforts to isolate the country diplomatically.
According to a report in Dawn, the adviser claimed that 56 countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Human Rights Council of the United Nations and other world bodies have supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir by firmly rejecting India’s allegations.
Stressing that Pakistan had strongly rejected Indian narratives, Aziz said the Pakistan government had addressed letters to the world leaders, highlighting the grave situation in Kashmir, besides handing over of dossiers containing facts about the ground reality.
Aziz also alleged that the Indian government was trying to impose Indian hegemony in the region with its own narratives, which was unacceptable to Pakistan.
Rejecting India’s claims over Balochistan, he said there was no relevance between the situation in Kashmir and the province, adding: “It is an attempt to divert attention from the gross human rights violations in the Valley.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his UN General Assembly speech, raked up Kashmir issue, glorifying slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader” even as he expressed readiness for a “serious and sustained dialogue” with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Jammu and Kashmir.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, during her speech at the United Nations General Assembly, said that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they were perpetrating in their own country. “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression,” she said.
Swaraj asked member countries to back the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, proposed by India in 1996, and lamented that despite the passage of two decades, it has still not concluded.