UNHRC Session: The Never Ending Rebuttal

In his 16 minute long speech during the 42nd UNHRC session, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke at length on the issues going on in Kashmir, once again begging for attention on an international platform. As always, Pakistan is trying to make most of its last chance before the UN General Assembly.

Despite its concerted efforts, Pakistan seemed to be struggling to get the support of other members as it tried to move a resolution to have an international investigation into the situation in Kashmir. Pakistan seems to have forgotten that Article 370 was a provision of the Indian constitution and any modification to it is within the sovereign rights of India, making it entirely an internal matter. Maybe that is the reason not  a single support came in favor of Pakistan’s request for investigation.

While India was quick to rebuttal all concocted charges made by Pakistan, it also very smartly hit out at Pakistan’s malicious campaign on Kashmir, calling it the epicenter of global terrorism without even directly naming Pakistan.

It is rightly said that people who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones at others. If one was to look at the long history of violence originating from Pakistan, it would seem very evident that Pakistan has no right to be pushing India onto the train tracks by raising such false hue and cry over a matter which is completely and internal matter of India.

Pakistan’s Acts of Terror

On Sept 05 1986, a Pan Am flight was hijacked while in a scheduled halt in Karachi. On Feb 26 1993,a truck bomb detonated below the north tower of world Trade Center intending to bring down both towers. The four men convicted were Pakistanis. On Jan 25 1993, outside CIA HQ, a Pakistani national Mir Quazi killed two CIA employees and wounded three others. The man was later captured from Pakistan. There were attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which more than 200 people were killed in nearly simultaneous truck bomb explosions in two East African cities, one at the United States Embassy in Tanzania, the other at the United States Embassy in  Kenya. The accused were later caught in Pakistan.

The USS Cole bombing was an attack against USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy, on 12 October 2000, while she was being refueled in Yemen‘s Aden harbor.17 U.S. Navy sailors were killed and 39 injured in the deadliest attack against a United States naval vessel.Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the year 2002,Bali bombings occurred in Indonesia killing 202 people. The mastermind behind this attack was later arrested hiding in Pakistan.A suicide bomber killed 14 people, most of them French naval engineers, with a devastating explosion outside a Karachi hotel in 2002.The 7 July 2005 London bombings,  were a series of coordinated Islamist terrorist suicide attacks in London, England, that targeted commuters travelling on the city’s public transport system. 52 people of 18 different nationalities, were killed, and more than 700 were injured in the attacks. In 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba was found responsible behind the attacks, again a group based in Pakistan.

Not only these, but many incidents that have occurred in the past years across the world were either planned on Pakistani soil or the militant groups were based in Pakistan. With 25 years of vast history of immorality to its credit, is it worth the effort for Pakistan to rake up issues concerning a foreign country’s internal matters, when they have not been able to control situation within their country’s “most complicated” region Baluchistan.

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For such acts of terrorism, the country has already received widespread global condemnation and is already under the scanner of FATF. The FATF plenary already placed Pakistan in the Grey List after the country failed to secure a minimum of three votes. With such a marred imaged on the international platform, if Pakistan doesn’t take any action against terrorism, the day is not far when it will be completely blacklisted from FATF. 

All said, The 42nd UNHRC saw India and Pakistan engaged in a war of words over the Kashmir issue, but as Pakistan went to internationalize Kashmir ,it ended up Indianizing it as Pakistan’s foreign minister referred to J&K as an Indian state.

12 Sep 19/Thursday                                   Written by Naphisa