World War 3: India deals HUGE blow to Pakistan as ceasefire tensions heat up at UN meeting

World War 3: India deals HUGE blow to Pakistan as ceasefire tensions heat up at UN meeting

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Last week, both nations accused one another of firing live rounds and violating a ceasefire along the Lone of Control boundary in the region. The issue was brought up in the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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In it, Pawan Badhe, India’s first secretary of the country’s permanent mission of India in Geneva, called Pakistan “an epicentre of terrorism”.

According to an Economic Times report on proceedings, the first secretary said: “The nefarious designs of Pakistan continue in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Pakistan does well when it comes to intimidation and attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents in particular by its state machinery.”

He also hit out at Turkey and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, both of which had supposedly made comments on the internal affairs of India.

Line of Control soldier

An Indian soldier guards the Line of Control in Gohalan, 2015 (Image: Yawar Nazir / Getty)

The first secretary added: “We reject the reference made by the OIC to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral part of India.”

It is not clear what Turkey or the OIC said to have attracted this response.

Tensions have also flared between India and China in recent months following a deadly clash between forces on both sides on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which runs serves as a boundary between them.

20 Indian soldiers were killed in the hand-to-hand clash, though the number of Chinese casualties has remained debated.

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Rapid Action Force Police Jammu

Rapid Action Force Police stand guard in Jammu, 2019 (Image: Rakesh Bakshi / AFP / Getty)

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has previously made comments in support of Beijing in relation to the tensions, the EurAsian Times reports.

The minister has said: “The 3,500-kilometre border of Ladakh and Tibet is a disputed region. If India thinks it can devour this area, then perhaps, it would not be acceptable to China.”

The topic of China was also raised ahead of the 45th UN Human Rights Council session, the first meetings for which began on Monday.

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UN Human Rights Council

A UN Human Rights Council meeting (Image: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty)

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World military size graph (Image: EXPRESS)

Indeed, 321 non-governmental organisations have urged the UN to crack down on human rights abuses in China.

Their statement made in an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and UN Member States published by Amnesty.

The letter reads: “We are dismayed at China’s efforts to distort the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council by promoting “cooperation” over accountability, and opposing initiatives to bring scrutiny of serious rights violations and international crimes in countries around the world.

Zhao Lijian

Zhao Lijian, foreign minister for China, batted aside human rights accusations. (Image: Roman Balandin / TASS / Getty)

“It has sought to deny access to human rights defenders to UN premises, denounced speakers on NGO side events as ‘terrorists,’ and threatened delegates to deter them from attending UN side events on rights violations, including abuses in Xinjiang.”

China’s foreign minister Zhao Lijian responded to the letter, saying: “The groundless allegations of these organisations are not worth refuting,” according to CNS News.

China has been part of the HRC since the council’s 2006 foundation. There are 47 seats altogether.

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Logo of the UN – the Human Rights Council has 47 seats for national representatives (Image: Johannes Simon / Getty)


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