In an unprecedented move, the UN 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.
Pakistan’s presence in the United Nations Human Rights Council is “intolerable” given its rights record, said Geneva-based NGO UN, adding that religious minorities in the south Asian country suffer from discrimination, sectarian violence and forced conversions.
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-accrediteddog of the global body, on Twitter rebutted Prime Minister Khan saying, “Your presence on the UN Human Rights Council is intolerable.”
In its response, the Pakistan government accused the UN of being a pro-Israel Non-Governmental Organization (NGO with evident bias against Muslims.
Your presence on the U.N. Human Rights Council is intolerable. https://t.co/rVhyS3qHVS
— UN (@UNWatch November 6, 2020
Arslan Khalid, the digital media adviser to Prime Minister Khan on Twitter alleged 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 Muslims and yet takes an apathetic stand on the human rights abuse of over one million Uyghur Muslims.
The UN pointed out that the Pakistan government instead of supports and praises the Chinese government which is perpetrating genocide against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province.
(With agency inputs