Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the leading United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s “illegal military occupation” of the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raises the spectre of “genocide.”
India revoked the autonomy of the disputed Himalayan area, residence to eight million folks and a flashpoint for the nuclear-armed neighbours, on Aug. five.
“The forlorn, traumatized towns, mountains, plains and valleys of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir reverberate now, with the grim reminders of Rwanda, Srebrenica, the Rohingya, and the pogrom of Gujarat,” Qureshi told the UN Human Rights Council.
“The Kashmiri folks in the occupied territory — as a national, ethnic, racial and religious group of folks — face grave threats to their lives, way of living and livelihoods from a murderous, misogynistic and xenophobic regime,” he stated.
There was no quick comment from India in the council.
India and Pakistan each rule components of Kashmir even though claiming it in complete. They have fought two wars more than the area and their forces consistently trade fire across a 740-kilometre Line of Handle, which is the de facto border.
India flooded the Kashmir valley with troops, restricted movements and reduce off communication as Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew unique rights for the area on Aug. five. Mobile and web connections have been reduce off ever because.
Qureshi, speaking to reporters in Geneva, stated: “I do not see in the present atmosphere any possibility of a bilateral engagement with India.”
He urged UN secretary basic Antonio Guterres and the Safety Council to enable defuse tensions.
“Now eight million folks are in prison, deprived of each and every political and civil liberty. The planet can not stay silent and the planet ought to not stay silent. And if they do, they will be aspect of this criminal negligence,” he stated.
India has battled separatist militants in its aspect of Kashmir because the late 1980s, accusing Muslim Pakistan of supporting them. Pakistan denies that, saying it only gives political assistance to the folks of Kashmir.