Pakistan fails to get support in UNHRC
Pakistan has failed to secure the support of minimum 16 nations to move a resolution on Kashmir in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Islamabad's failure can be viewed as Delhi's diplomatic victory. Pakistan is still trying to move Urgent Debate by September 27, ET has. Islamabad has so far been unsuccessful in getting support in UNHRC for any of the moves, as India retained its support. However, India will remain cautious till September 27.
New Delhi remains in touch with UNHRC members and hopes that support for its arguments would continue to remain intact. Pakistan's three attempts - statement by its foreign minister, an appeal to OIC and an appeal on behalf of 58 countries - too had failed. The claim on behalf of 58 countries did not have any basis.
Countering Pakistan's charges at Geneva on September 10, MEA secretary Vijay Thakur Singh who led the Indian delegation had said, "the decision was taken by our Parliament. These were sovereign decisions and India's internal matter. Basic services are being eased gradually. My government is taking affirmative action by adopting progressive policies which will now be fully applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. These will end gender discrimination, better protect juvenile rights and make applicable rights to education, information and work," asserting, "no country can expect interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India."