New Delhi: India slammed Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday (June 22, 2021), citing terrorism, forced conversions of religious minorities, and extra-judicial killings in the neighbouring country.
During the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, Pawan Kumar Badhe, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India, stated that the plight of minorities in Pakistan is evident from their’shrinking size.’
According to Badhe, forced conversions have become a “daily occurrence” in Pakistan, and there have been reports of minor girls from religious minorities being abducted, raped, forcibly converted, and married.
“Every year, more than 1000 girls from religious minorities are forcibly converted in Pakistan,” he said.
Badhe informed the council that systematic persecution of minorities, including Christians, Ahmadiya, Sikhs, and Hindus, has become a regular occurrence in Pakistan, thanks to draconian blasphemy laws, forced conversions and marriages, and extrajudicial killings.
“In Pakistan, holy and ancient sites of religious minorities have been attacked and vandalised,” he said.
According to Badhe, Pakistan has also become a land of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and arbitrary detentions of political activists, students, journalists, human rights defenders, and minorities.
“Pakistan has the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to work in. Journalists are threatened, intimidated, removed from the airwaves, kidnapped, and in some cases killed, primarily to silence critics of the Establishment. While victims’ families continue to seek justice, the perpetrators of these crimes have remained completely unpunished “He stated.
He also addressed terrorism, stating that Pakistan, as a matter of state policy, continues to provide pensions to feared and listed terrorists and to house them on its territory.
“It’s past time for Pakistan to be held accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism,” Badhe said.