J-K will remain ‘integral part of India’, Pakistan an epicentre of global terrorism: Vikas Swarup tells UNHRC (Photo Credit: Representative image)
Top Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup lashed out at Pakistan promoting terrorism and said Jammu and Kashmir "was, is and shall forever" remain an integral part of India. Speaking at the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which is being held Geneva in Switzerland from February 24 to March 20, Swarup, secretary (West), the Ministry of External Affairs, described Pakistan as the epicentre of global terrorism. His statement comes a day after Pakistan sought the international community's intervention on the Kashmir issue.
He called for decisive action against states who direct, control, fund and shelter terrorists, in an obvious reference to Pakistan, which is accused by its neighbours of providing safe havens to terror groups.
His remarks came a day after Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Tuesday alleged that India continues to violate the human rights of the Kashmiri people and demanded the immediate repeal of all actions by India on August 5 last year.
India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5 and bifurcated it into two Union territories. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter". New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric.
(With PTI inputs)