Zero tolerance policy on terrorism international obligation: India

Geneva, Sep 19 (IANS) In wake of the cross-border terror attack from Pakistan on the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, India on Monday said that a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism is an international obligation.

“India firmly believes that a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to our own people,” India said in its statement under the Agenda Item 4 during the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council here.

“We call upon this Council to urge Pakistan to put an end to cross-border infiltration; dismantle the terrorism infrastructure; and stop acting as an epicentre of terrorism,” it said.

“It is time that moral and material support provided by Pakistan to the perpetrators of this continuing heinous violence on Indian soil should attract this Council’s attention.”

The statement said that these acts of terrorism were the most egregious violations of human rights as they rob their victims of the most fundamental of human rights, which was the right to life.

“This should be clear to any impartial observer of the issue,” it said.

Stating that India has been a long-suffering victim of terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood, the statement said: “The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan which is so ruthless that it doesn’t shy away from using civilians and even children by putting them in harm’s way, at the forefront of violent mobs instigated and supported by their handlers from across the border.”

The statement also mentioned the fact that known terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin holding huge rallies in Pakistan’s main cities was a reflection of the state of affairs in Pakistan “and can mean only one thing: active support for such personalities and the designated organizations they lead in blatant disregard of rule of law is the new normal in Pakistan”.

“Rather than internationalising issues with India, Pakistan should cleanse itself of its terrorists,” it said.

According to the Indian statement, the blatant abuse and violation of human rights in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir and in other parts of Pakistan, including Balochistan, are adversely impacting the stability of the entire region.

“Pakistan’s continued mistreatment of large parts of its own population has created a cauldron of tumult that has begun to jeopardise the safety and security of its neighbouring countries,” it saiud.

“The time has come, when the international community needs to address the plethora of human rights concerns in Pakistan because its impact has moved beyond the county’s domestic problem and has begun to affect the region and the world at large,” it said.

“We urge this Council to take a holistic view of this threat and not permit the use of terrorism as state policy to be masqueraded as advocacy of human rights.”

–IANS

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