Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (File Image)
What can be termed as a massive diplomatic victory for India, Pakistan on Thursday failed to garner the required support at the 42nd UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session to place a resolution on Kashmir within the stipulated deadline of 1 pm (local time).
Sources told ANI that most member states refused to support Pakistan for placing a resolution on Kashmir. The sources further added that though Pakistan had made desperate attempts to garner the required support.
India has sent a high-level delegation to UNHRC, consisting of 47 countries, led by Ajay Bisaria, former India`s ambassador to Pakistan, to counter Pakistan on Kashmir.
Pakistan has also failed to get the support of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries consisting of 57 member states.
Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had claimed that 58 countries had joined his country in the Human Rights Council "reinforcing" the demand of the international community on India to lift the restrictions and "protect Kashmiris` rights".
On September 23, India had said Pakistan’s attempt to “polarise” and “politicise” the Kashmir issue using lies and deceit at the UN Human Rights Council has totally failed and that world community was well aware of its credentials.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it was quite “audacious” on the part of Pakistan, a country which is “epicentre of terrorism”, to pretend to speak on behalf of the global community on human rights at the UNHRC session at Geneva.
Kumar also sought to question Pakistan’s claim that around 60 countries have supported its joint statement on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which it said was submitted to the UNHRC.
“The UNHRC has 47 countries as members. They (Pakistan) are claiming support of 60 countries,” he said, adding India does not have the list of countries which Pakistan claimed supported it.
On Pakistan’s campaign against India on Jammu and Kashmir, Kumar said Pakistan needs to understand that “repeating a lie four or five times does not turn it into a gospel truth”.
Last month, India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into two union territories. Pakistan reacted angrily to the move and has been unsuccessfully trying to rally international opinion against India on the issue.
The global community is aware about Pakistan’s role in aiding, abetting and supporting terrorist infrastructure which they have in their country, Ministry of External Affairs he said at a media briefing.
“Pakistan’s attempt to polarise and politicise the situation that has been rejected at the (UNHRC), it was very clear. The global community is aware about Pakistan’s role in aiding, abetting and supporting terror infrastructure which they have in their country.