New Delhi/Islamabad, November 8
In an unprecedented move, the UN Watch took a scathing dig at Prime Minister Imran Khan for his intolerant views and Pakistan’s inclusion in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Pakistan was recently re-elected to the UNHRC even as the country’s human rights record is one among the worst in the world.
Two weeks ago, a French teacher was beheaded by an Islamist in Paris for exhibiting Charlie Hebdo cartoons in a class on the idea of freedom of expression. While President Emmanuel Macron has made it clear that Islamic radicalism and terrorism will not be tolerated in France, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan justified the brutal act of beheading by arguing that the teacher had committed “blasphemy” by showing the cartoons of the Islamic Prophet.
The official Twitter handle of the government of Pakistan had quoted Khan saying, “Blasphemy in garb of freedom of expression is intolerable.”
The Geneva-based rights group, which is the only UN-accredited watchdog of the global body, rebutted Prime Minister Khan on Twitter saying: “Your presence on the UN Human Rights Council is intolerable.”
In its response, the Pakistan government accused the UN Watch of being a pro-Israel Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with evident bias against the Muslims.
Arslan Khalid, the digital media adviser to Prime Minister Khan, alleged on Twitter that the NGO had nothing to do with the UN.
The NGO countered the Khan government saying that Pakistan pretended to be a defender of the Muslims and yet took an apathetic stand on the human rights abuse of over one million Uyghur Muslims.
The UN Watch pointed out that the Pakistan government supported and praised the Chinese government, which was perpetrating genocide against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province. IANS