At UNHRC, India tears into Pak over terrorism and forced conversion of underage girls from minority community

 India termed forced conversions of girls from minority community in Pakistan “a daily phenomenon” with Pawan Badhe, first secretary in India’s permanent mission in Geneva, saying New Delhi has seen reports of minor girls belonging to religious minorities being abducted, raped, forcibly converted and married.

More than 1000 girls, belonging to religious minorities, are forcibly converted in Pakistan every year, he said.

Pakistan’s conversion factory thrives with tacit State support.

‘Systemic persecution of minorities regular phenomenon in Pakistan’

Every year thousands of underage girls from the minority community are abducted and forcefully converted to Islam.

Pakistan has failed to protect these victims of rape, abduction, forced marriage and forced conversion from exploitation by extremist mullahs and Islamic fundamentalist groups.

“Systemic persecution of minorities, including Christians, Ahmadiya, Sikhs, Hindus through draconian blasphemy laws, forced conversions and marriages and extrajudicial killings, has become a regular phenomenon in Pakistan. Holy and ancient sites of religious minorities in Pakistan have been attacked and vandalised,” he added.

On terrorism, first secretary Badhe said Pakistan, as its state policy, continues to provide pensions to dreaded and listed terrorists and hosts them on its territory.

‘Pakistan must be held accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism’

It is high time that Pakistan is held accountable for aiding and abetting terrorism, he added.

Badhe also raised the issue of forced disappearance, extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions of political activists, students, journalists, human rights defenders and minorities at the UNHRC.

He also mentioned the incident where prominent Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir was taken off air for his anti-military stance.

Pakistan has the dubious distinction of being listed as one of the most dangerous countries for practice of journalism, said Badhe.

Mir has told Al Jazeera he will not be hosting “Capital Talk” on Geo News after the management came under pressure from the Pakistani deep state.


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