In her intervention, Veronica Ekelund, Research Analyst at EFSAS said that Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have time and again confessed at international platforms that their country shelters terrorists.
"Respect for human rights is universal and paramount and applies to all countries, including Pakistan.
And, Terrorism inherently undermines the promotion and protection of human rights.
Talking to CNN in February 2019, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi admitted that UN designated Terrorist and Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Masood Azhar, resides in Pakistan.
To BBC in March 2019, Mr. Qureshi also confessed that his Government and Jaish-e-Mohammed maintained official contact", Veronica told UN.
She added, "In July 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan told the US Institute of Peace in Washington that his country hosts 40,000 terrorists.
In June 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden as a "Martyr" in the country's Parliament.
Last month, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged the presence of UN Designated Terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim on its territory".
Veronica said that Pakistani officials have time and again confessed; the country continues to be a safe haven for terrorists and terrorist organizations.
"The UN Security Council's consolidated list of terrorist individuals and entities includes 146 entries from Pakistan.
With all due respect, I am compelled to ask.
Why is Pakistan still a member of this august Council?", she said in her intervention.
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Republican politician Nikki Haley said that US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi get along very well and the two countries are partnering in defence, trade and other sectors. Talking about terrorism, Haley said that Trump has stopped providing ‘billion dollars’ in military aid to Pakistan as it harbours terrorists. In her message to Indian-Americans, Haley said, “The Indian American community contributes a lot to the United States, and it is the best country in the world but we have to protect them. So we need the American community to remember that President Trump was given us the lowest unemployment has allowed for businesses to thrive.” Watch the full video for more details.
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Due to widespread COVID-19, terrorists are making malevolent attempts to exploit the financial and emotional distress caused by lockdowns to disturb the cohesiveness of societies, India said at the 45th session of Human Rights Council. Pawan Badhe, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to UN in Geneva while making a statement at the Council said, "Terror groups have also exhorted supporters to target security forces and health workers. Another disturbing trend has been the collection of funds by proscribed terrorist outfits ostensibly for undertaking charitable activities, but which, in reality, would be used to finance terror." Meanwhile, EFSAS Director said Pakistan exploits Kashmiri youth to use them as pawns for its proxy wars. Watch the full video for more details.
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Since the late 1980s Pakistan's military establishment has used youth from Jammu and Kashmir to join its various terrorist proxies like Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taibah and Jaish-e-Mohammed, said the director of Amsterdam based think-tank, the European Foundation for South Asian Studies, Junaid Qureshi. Junaid told the UN that rejection of India was the slogan dictated to the youth of Kashmir as Islamabad's aim was Islamic Caliphate and merger of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan. He added, "Today, led by its Foreign Minister, Pakistan is demanding a return of the autonomy that Jammu and Kashmir had earlier enjoyed under the Indian Constitution. The same Constitution against which, it started this proxy war in which Kashmiris were massacred".
Former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif reacted sharply on abduction of Sindh inspector general of police (IGP) and later arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Safdar Awan, his son-in-law in Karachi. He said, "Two parallel governments are controlling Pakistan. People should know who picked up the (Sindh Police) IG, who made him register the FIR and who made the police to arrest him (his son-in-law Safdar)." Recently, political parties including Jamiat Ulema-e Islam under the banner joint opposition alliance--Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-- protested against Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Government and demanded his resignation. Maryam Nawaz's husband Safdar Awan was arrested from his hotel room.
Pakistani opposition leaders Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maryam Nawaz, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Mohsin Dawar held massive rally against Prime Minister Imran Khan led-government on Sunday. The joint opposition front Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) arrived at Karachi's Bagh-e-Jinnah for the second power show here. Thousands of people assembled for the anti-government rally. People were seen waving opposition parties flag and raising slogans. This is second such rally after the one held in Gujranwala on October 16.
Amsterdam-based think tank, European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) hosted a Webinar titled, 'Rise of ISIS in South Asia', on the sidelines of the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. A panel of scholars, policy analysts and researchers in the field of terrorism and South Asian politics deliberated upon the origins of the Islamic State of Khorasan province, its main areas of operation and assessed its number of fighters mostly belonging to Pakistani origin.
Massive protests were held in Gilgit-Baltistan against the atrocities by Pakistan in the region. People were protesting against the arrest of prominent activists and anyone who raises their voice against the administration. They demanded the immediate release of all activists and politicians who had been arrested. Protesters argued that the Pakistan government was rattled by the how its brutal strategies in the region had been exposed by activists at the UNHRC. Watch the full video for all the details.
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India slammed Pakistan on the issue of terrorism at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on October 01. He also raised the situation of minorities, women rights, children rights, Journalists in Pakistan at the UN Human rights council."As a responsible member of this Council, India would like to remind Pakistan that the agenda under discussion is Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA). Nevertheless, what we all have been witnessing in this session so far is insensible ranting by Pakistan, that has only exposed their ulterior motive of hijacking and abusing every agenda of this Council to peddle their mendacious narrative aimed at maligning my country," said Vimarsh while addressing 7th Right of Reply against Pakistan. "Whenever there is a discussion on terrorism the failed State of Pakistan plays victim card so as to distract international community's attention from reality that Pakistan is unabashedly harbouring and supporting UN proscribed terrorists and terrorist organization," he said.
Terrorists on Sunday lobbed grenade at security forces in Tral of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of CRPF suffered injuries in the grenade explosion. Police informed that the explosion caused minor injuries to ASI Asim Ali. Police added that the injured CRPF personnel was shifted to Tral hospital. The area has been cordoned off and a hunt has been launched to nab attackers.
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Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai attended a public rally in Bihar's rally ahead of Bihar elections 2020. Rai said, "Terrorists will escape Kashmir and take shelter in Bihar if RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) is elected to power in the state." Bihar elections will start from October 28 to November 07.
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan on October 09 attended 75th United Nations General Assembly Ministerial Meeting of the Non -Aligned Movement via a video conference. He said, "Terrorism and their enablers continue to spread their tentacles unabated. Misinformation and fake news are wreaking havoc on social cohesion and collective security. Climate change has become an existential threat." "Humanitarian emergencies are straining capacities. Cyber-security threats and the uneven impact of frontier technologies are causing turbulence. Development concerns remain paramount for the vast majority of the world's population."