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‘Underage girls are converted to Islam thanks to…’: India denounces Pakistan at UNHRC


In the Right o Reply in response to Pakistan’s statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, India stated: “Community underage girls are being converted to Islam, facilitated by a rapacious state and an apathetic judiciary. and Sikh communities face similar issues of frequent attacks on their places of worship and forced conversion of their underage girls.”

India flagged the case of forced conversion of underage girls and denounced Pakistan to the UNHRC for “misusing the forum for its malicious propaganda.”

According to a report by ANI news agency, India said on the platform of the United National Human Rights Council that no religious minority can live freely or practice its religion in Pakistan today.

“In the past decade, Pakistan’s Enforced Disappearance Commission of Inquiry has received 8,463 complaints. The Baloch people bear the brunt of this brutal policy. Students, doctors, engineers, teachers and community leaders are regularly reported missing by the state.” India called it highlighting the Pakistani administration’s ‘blasphemy laws’.

“Equally worse is the treatment of the Christian community. It is often the target of draconian blasphemy laws. State agencies officially reserve ‘sanitary’ jobs for Christians.” India added in their response to Pak’s statement at HRC, United Nations.

The response from India comes after Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council that he urged states to be consistent in their support for protecting the rights of Kashmiris. “Pakistan reiterated its strong condemnation of the recent deliberate burning of the Holy Quran in three countries. International financial institutions had to take special measures to support developing countries in protecting basic rights to food, livelihoods and a decent life,” she said.

Meanwhile, a report on the debt-ridden country of Pakistan appeared in the daily newspaper Dawnstates that Pakistan witnessed an increase in terrorist attacks in February this year.

The attack by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) on the police headquarters in Karachi was the most high-profile attack in February, according to the news report. According to the statistics of the Pakistan Institute of Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), 58 terrorist attacks were reported in February, which killed 62 people, including 27 civilians, 18 security personnel and 17 terrorists, while 134 people were injured, including 54 civilians and 80 security personnel.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.