United Nations, January 22
India has called out Pakistan for co-sponsoring a UN resolution on culture of peace while rights of minorities are “emasculated” in the country, saying Pakistan law enforcement agencies stood “mute spectators” when a historic Hindu temple was attacked and set on fire by a mob.
In December, a mob led by some local clerics and members of radical Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam vandalised the Hindu temple and set it on fire in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The attack drew strong condemnation from human rights activists, prompting the Pakistan Supreme Court to order its reconstruction. “It is a matter of great irony that the country where the most recent attack and demolition of a Hindu temple took place in a series of such attacks and where the rights of minorities are being emasculated is one of the co-sponsors of the resolution under the agenda item ‘Culture of Peace’.
“The resolution cannot be a smokescreen for countries like Pakistan to hide behind,” India said in its statement on adoption of resolution ‘Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites’ on Thursday.
The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted the resolution that condemned all acts or threats of violence, destruction, damage or endangerment, directed against religious sites as such, that continue to occur in the world, and denounced any move to obliterate or forcibly convert any religious sites. The resolution was co-sponsored by Pakistan along with 21 other nations. — PTI