India raises 'Pakistan’s human rights violations in Balochistan' at UN

Published: September 15, 2016
A file photo of an FC personnel in Balochistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of an FC personnel in Balochistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

India  launched a scathing attack on Pakistan as it raised the issue of alleged human rights violations in Balochistan at United Nations on Wednesday.

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), India raised the issue of alleged human rights violations by the country’s military establishment across the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Pakistan rejects Indian claims of restraint in Indian Kashmir

“It will be in the fitness of things if Pakistan focuses its energies on improving the human rights situation within Pakistan and AJK,” said Ajit Kumar India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, said in a statement at the 33rd Session of the UNHRC at Geneva.

“Pakistan is characterised by authoritarianism, absence of democratic norms and widespread human rights violations across the country, including Balochistan,” he added.

The statement comes weeks after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his decision to raise the Balochistan issue on international forums.

Pakistan to account for violations in Balochistan: Modi

The statement came soon after Pakistan rejected Indian claims of restraint in Indian Kashmir as “simply preposterous”.

The Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, welcomed remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding use of excessive force by Indian authorities in Indian Kashmir.

“Pakistan supported the position of the High Commissioner that an OHCHR team should visit IoK to independently and impartially investigate the grave violations being perpetrated by Indian occupation forces over the past two months,” Janjua said.

Pakistan and India are engaged in a heated war of wars following one of the deadliest clashes in Kashmir.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India.


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Reader Comments (48)

  • Vectra
    Sep 15, 2016 - 11:27AM

    It is Pakistan itself to blame as it did literally invited India to internationalize Baluchistan and now the result is India is on full swing of aggressive diplomacy highlighting both Baluchistan and POK in UN and throughout the world.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 15, 2016 - 11:32AM

    “It will be in the fitness of things if Pakistan focuses its energies on improving the human rights situation within Pakistan and AJK,”

    Not above statement but below statement was given by India

    “It will be in the fitness of things if Pakistan focuses its energies on improving the human rights situation within Pakistan and POK,”Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:15PM


  • Haider
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:16PM

    Modi thinks he can tackle Kashmir by raising Baluchistan…Which he is badly mistaken..300,000 people attended Buran funeral..They are not Pakistanis but Indian KashmiriesRecommend

  • Anon
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:22PM

    It looks Modi is getting successful in his tactics of provoking Pakistan on baloch issue, now Pakistan is busy on giving clarifications on Balochistan, and focus from Kashmir is divertedRecommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:25PM

    Poor, oppressed people of Baluchistan has got some voice now. Thanks India.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:29PM

    This is so weak.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:34PM

    World can see right through these diversionary tactics, and the world realizes one is an internationally recognized dispute while the other is not. Oh, and only one country has shot dead 70 protestors and blinded hundreds with pellet guns.Recommend

  • Careless Whisper
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:37PM

    Jus 1 correction bro, they are not Indian Kashmiris, they are just Kashmiris.. they don’t want Indian identity tag….Recommend

  • khurram shahzad
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:50PM

    This is the time Pakistan must raise issue of human rights violations committed by india in Nagaland, Punjab and against Dalits, Nexels and Kashmiries. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:09PM


  • Pakistani baloch
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:13PM

    Modi… for u to talk about balochistan is simply laughable…. you have become embarrassing now….Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:27PM

    Afghanistan and Bangladesh may support India in the UN.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:35PM

    Pakistan must fight back with full power and strength against India, The whole world is jealous pf Pakistan due to many reasons including CPEC, Right now Imran Khan is harming Pakistan more than India right now by supporting unrest inside the country.Recommend

  • Anjum Arshi
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:36PM

    So India and Pakistan have now decided to break each other’s country. Can there not be a sane solution? For Kashmir, make it a common island between India and Pakistan – both sides give complete freedom to Kashmiris, remove all armed forces from there, and allow Kashmiris on both sides to move freely across the co-called LOC. A beautiful area in between can be declared as “common land”, where Indians and Pakistanis can meet without requiring visa. For Balochistan, Pakistan should give complete freedom to its people, withdraw all armed forces from there, stop all army operations, and give the provincial government complete autonomy to make decisions regarding exploitation of the province’s vast resources.


  • Bilal Hussain
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:40PM

    How embarrassing, crying like a child India. Recommend

  • illpopo
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:41PM

    Funny, isn’t it? World doesn’t seems to be fooled by fake counter allegations of India anymore, strongest diplomatic campaign against Indian terrorism with Kashmiris should be continued on all fronts!Recommend

  • Jooma KK
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:45PM

    Burnol is the thing modi needs badly..

    lol they are pushing afghans as well for loose talk against pakistan.. i wish modi should announce soon some immigration policy for afghan refugees as wellRecommend

  • Samir
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:56PM

    India is spreading wings too early in the game. It will hurt them hard in a decade. It seems India doesnt want to speak to a country called Pakistan. Every pakistani will now see India as a mortal enemy.. and India’s overestimation of reliance of US will backfire. Having two big neighbours like China and Pakistan as mortal enemies will not help IndiaRecommend

  • mirestan
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:56PM

    Great news, Let United Nation send facts finding commission to Pakistan and India. This is very urgent issue let us get it done Immediately. World will see who is right.Recommend

  • sahil
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:56PM

    there are no indian kashmiris. kashmiris are not INDIANSRecommend

  • sahil
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:58PM

    kashmiris are kashmiris not INDIANSRecommend

  • Syme
    Sep 15, 2016 - 2:17PM

    It’s actually great if they raise this issue regarding all parts of Pakistan and beyond. Human right violation is a global problem, more common in totalitarian regime and agenda based governments.
    In the end all that matter is ordinary Joe ‘s life. So if that help to end the miseries, they are very welcome. While we all know it’s a tit for tat thing. UN as a whole is not very helpful but having said that it’s a prime responsibility of the government to take care of her individuals. Other can only give you a nudge or a pat.
    As a Pakistani, I welcome Indian nudge but I don’t think it’s a sincere effort. Again it’s my perception just like other Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 15, 2016 - 3:47PM

    Who so ever lives in India is an Indian. Kashmiris are part of India, hold Indian passport and identity card and take part in India’s democratic process.Recommend

  • Darvesh
    Sep 15, 2016 - 4:14PM

    We allow foriegn journalists in any parts of pakistan India doesnt allow
    Pakistan is right india is wrong.
    We are not afraid. Their stupidity is our strength . Thank you Modi and team.Recommend

  • TM
    Sep 15, 2016 - 4:34PM

    @Anjum Arshi:

  • TM
    Sep 15, 2016 - 4:37PM

    Pakistan should be ready for a full scale war with India in the light of these provocations.
    Both sides of borders should be sealed and army should be ready to respond within hours of attack. This time, the attack may be both from India side and Afghanistan side. So it appears a full scale war is imminent now.Recommend

  • abhi
    Sep 15, 2016 - 5:14PM

    Good move, afterall baloch life matters. Also there is need to raise about operation Zarb-e-Azb which is nothing but killing own population by dropping bombs.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 15, 2016 - 5:52PM

    @Jooma KK:
    Throwing Afghans. Where is your Ummah?Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 15, 2016 - 5:56PM

    Pakistan has been at war since its birth. It has done little else.Recommend

  • whatever
    Sep 15, 2016 - 6:09PM

    how many local journalists let alone foreigners were allowed to go to FATA when Pakistani army was using fighter planes and drones on innocent people?Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Sep 15, 2016 - 6:21PM

    @khurram shahzad:
    “This is the time Pakistan must raise issue of human rights violations committed by india in Nagaland, Punjab and against Dalits, Nexels and Kashmiries. ”
    Please do it. along with that atleast Pakistan will try to improve its record also. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 15, 2016 - 6:46PM

    Yeah right….Indians getting clobbered in diplomatic arena but as always too blind to see. Good for us. Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 15, 2016 - 7:51PM

    We have sown the seed in the international field for the first time. Independent Baluchistan will be a reality soon. The scheme is working. It is very easy to provoke Pakistan into a reaction of walking into the laid trap. Pakistan has been brought into a state of defending itself vis-a-vis Baluchistan. Now India should play the right ball in the international arena. Indians should be ready for a nuclear war.Recommend

  • Xenia
    Sep 15, 2016 - 7:55PM

    I can understand your Frsutration! Recommend

  • rg
    Sep 15, 2016 - 7:58PM

    US is now base in India
    US already raised an issue to make Balochistan a free country. And it has its own interest, after being fedup with Pak
    It is going to be a joint operation by India and USA to make Balochistan free
    Bangladesh, Ne[al, Afghanistan will join in this coalition.
    It’s not about Kashmir, but the aim is to build greater India.

    You GOT my point?Recommend

  • ModiKuta
    Sep 15, 2016 - 8:13PM

    @Haramullah Fattuddin:
    If India has its hands clear why is it not allowing journalists in Kshmir.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 15, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Modi’s mass murdering Muslim minority in his home state of Gujarat when he was the Chief Minister, one time banned by the West, is now talking about human rights.

    Modi is a comedian. Recommend

  • pk
    Sep 15, 2016 - 8:26PM

    5 lakh attended Mumtaz Qadri’s funeral more then M A Jinah’s funeral. Do you want to name him father of the nation. Recommend

  • quatro
    Sep 15, 2016 - 8:37PM

    Akin to Pakistan/Kashmir – sometimes the messenger bias means the rest of the World ignores a good message. Recommend

  • np
    Sep 15, 2016 - 9:02PM

    @sahil: “there are no indian kashmiris. kashmiris are not INDIANS”

    Have you asked Kashmiri Pandits?Recommend

  • Karnal-Sher-Khan
    Sep 15, 2016 - 9:31PM


    Modi is a mass murderer, he was elected by more Indians than ever been the history or India. Do you want to name him father of the nation? Recommend

  • ra
    Sep 15, 2016 - 10:43PM

    @sahil there is only true ethnic pandit kashmiri.other are arabian virus.Recommend

  • Wanky
    Sep 16, 2016 - 5:57AM

    Sir with or without usa they already are enemy
    So rather then alone we get USA on our side stop us tackle China while we’re tackle Pakistan. Wart you think about this.Recommend

  • Baluch, Pakistani
    Sep 16, 2016 - 12:25PM

    What? OK 1st I live in turbat baluchistan. I will fight for the safety of Pakistan till the very last drop of my blood. And not only me. Every true baluch Will fight for Pakistan. We have some problems, we may have some differences but we know by the time we will get what we deserve. And we are free as anybody else. Who wants anymore freedom?
    2nd we know that India is supporting unrest in baluchistan.
    And don’t compare baluchistan with IOK. WE are not fighting war of freedom. We are fighting for our rights. That’s it. Recommend

  • khurram shahzad
    Sep 16, 2016 - 2:23PM

    @Haramullah Fattuddin:
    Pakistani record is far better than india.Recommend

  • Ravinder Jain
    Sep 17, 2016 - 6:32AM

    Every body should have knowrdge thay kashmeer is essenial part of india.problems of pok .pakistan clain as azadkashmeer but why pakistan transfr kasmeer area to china.evey body knows pakistan occupied jamm kadhmeer in 1948anf china ouccupide ladhak area in1962., the border of both couny has not recogmised .both are thief.Exchange of area is exchang of thief not any international law.The bloch was never accepted english and pakistan.Those people are same treat as bengali treated in 1970area.Bengali are also muslimswhy they are anti pakistan.Recommend

  • khurram shahzad
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:36AM

    @Haramullah Fattuddin:
    Pakistan has not only corrected its human rights record but showed to whole world. If not then international community which always remain curious in finding loopholes in Pakistan’s stance on any issue, start criticizing which is their normal routine. But they are silent. It is a vivid example of betterment in human right record of Pakistan. Recommend

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