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India takes on Pakistan at a special virtual meeting of the UN Human Rights Body

Even amidst the pandemic, a sort-of-war seems to continue between the two nations- India and Pakistan.
At a special virtual meeting of the United Nations Human Rights agency about the COVID-19 pandemic held on Thursday, India targeted Pakistan. It said that Pakistan was engaged in a ‘disinformation campaign’ instead of tackling a rising number of Coronavirus infections.

The first secretary Mini Kumam of India’s permanent mission to the UN in Geneva said: “It’s sad that instead of joining the global and regional efforts in combating Covid-19, one country continues its disinformation campaign against India.”, without naming Pakistan; delivering India’s statement at the virtual meeting.

“One can only advise this country to focus its efforts in tackling the pandemic domestically and particularly the sharp rise in the number of cases only in the occupied territories and addressing the discrimination meted out to its minorities even in these hard times”, Mini Kumam said.

The Pakistan authorities have earlier faced criticism over reports than an NGO was not providing relief materials to the members of the Hindu minority in Karachi. The Government’s way of dealing with the pandemic, and the inability to control the cases is also facing criticism from within the nation.

During the virtual meeting, India also said that the impact of the crisis is still unfolding in a multidimensional manner. It is having a direct effect on the human rights and fundamental freedom.
India also said that the right to adequate housing is very relevant in this crisis, thus expressing its acceptance.

“As we all are aware, the flow of information is very crucial is carrying out mandated activities by the special procedures. In the current situation, we would like to ask how the pandemic has affected the flow of credible information to the special procedures,” the Indian statement said.

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