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'Pak's attempt to politicise Kashmir at UNHRC failed'

Paks attempt to politicise Kashmir at UNHRC failed

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday said Pakistan's attempt to polarise and politicise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council had been rejected.

It also said Pakistan needs to understand that "repeating a lie four or five times does not turn it into a gospel truth.

The global community is aware of Pakistan's role in aiding, abetting and supporting terrorist infrastructure which they have in their country, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

His remarks came two days after India and Pakistan engaged in a war of words over the Kashmir issue on Tuesday at the UNHRC with New Delhi stoutly defending its "sovereign decision" to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's special status, an issue on which Islamabad demanded an international investigation by the global rights body.

"It is quite audacious on the part of Pakistan that the country which is harbouring terrorists, which is the epicentre of terrorism, is pretending to speak on behalf of the global community on human rights," Kumar said.

"Their record of persecution of minorities, both ethnic and religious, I don't need to amplify...The credibility of the messenger here is highly suspect. This is something which the global community is aware of," he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan ruled out giving India second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism".

Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" in April 2017, following which India had moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.

Charge d'Affaires at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav on September 2 for two hours after Pakistan granted consular access to the retired Indian Navy officer following a directive from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in July.

"There is no other meeting," Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in response to a question about Pakistan giving consular access to Jadhav again.

Reacting to this development, India on Thursday said it would keep trying for full implementation of the verdict by the International Court of Justice in his case.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India would remain in touch with Islamabad through diplomatic channels on the issue. WITH PTI inputs

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