On Wednesday, India lashed back at Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva for using the platform to spread an Anti-Indian agenda. This reaction is justified after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and other members of the ruling party, have been taking frequent jibes at our PM and India. Some may even say that the Pakistani PM’s speech was so centred around India, that he mentioned it about 20 times during his speech!
The Pakistani PM as well as other diplomats have been known to frequently attack PM Modi as well as BJP at various platforms. At the recent UN gathering, he made contentious statements about India being Islamophobic to its almost 200 million muslim citizens. “They believe that India is exclusive to Hindus and others are not equal citizens. The international community must investigate these grave violations and prosecute the Indian civil and military personnel involved in state terrorism and serious crimes against humanity”, Khan said.
However, India was quick to refute these claims with Mijito Vinito, a diplomat with India’s UN mission saying that this is a new low in Pakistan’s diplomacy to try and get the word to shift focus from the atrocities committed in their own country.
Even Pawan Badhe, first secretary at United Nations said “We are not baffled that Pakistan does well when it comes to inciting hatred against religious minorities and targeting our leadership with hate”. He further added that Pakistan is known to be a “death trap for journalists, human rights defenders, social activists and religious and ethnic minorities." This in fact, has been seen with the death of countless journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan. Especially with multiple reports of minority Hindu and Sikh girls being forcefully converted, thousands of minorities have been known to try and flee the country.
The Blasphemy Law of Pakistan has also come under the spotlight during this session. This act basically made it a criminal offence to use any sort of derogatory remark when referring to the Holy Prophet. This law has been under scrutiny by many organisations because of the number of people prosecuted against it, especially minorities. Hundreds of Pakistani Christians and other minorities have been booked under this law due to unproven allegations leading to extrajudicial killings, mob lynching and violent protests.
The statement issued touched upon this subject saying, “Pakistan’s deplorable human rights records and discriminatory treatment of religious and ethnic minorities is a cause of persistent concern for the international community. Blasphemy laws are used against religious minorities such as Hindus, Christians, and Sikhs, to violate their human rights and dignity. Women and girls remain particularly vulnerable as they are abducted, raped, forcefully converted and married to their violators.”
The duplicitous attempt of Pakistan to call India a “Islamophobic Country” when it is not even addressing the Uighur Muslim Genocide that is currently going on a large scale in China, seems pathetic and is a very transparent tactic.
One can observe that Pakistan trying to malign India’s name is a feeble attempt to try and shift focus from the own atrocities that are taking place in their country. Pawan also stated that "while the world has progressed well, Pakistan is still at the crossroads to understand the real meaning of modern laws, democracy and human rights". Pakistan should learn to be accountable and try and solve the issues of hatred and intolerance that are very deep rooted in them. While it is not a sentiment that every citizen of the country has, it is one that is being seen and propagated by the country and its government. Badhe also said “Pakistan’s well-cherished and inherited culture of hatred makes it the perfect candidate for carrying forward the legacy of intolerance against anybody having modern views on human rights” and this is exactly the kind of sentiment that should be abolished.