South Asia and Beyond

When India Blunted Pakistan’s Kashmir Rights Abuse Rant At The UN

NEW DELHI: Pakistan, a serial offender when it comes to unleashing cross-border terrorism against India, has often tried to internationalise the Kashmir issue, alleging excesses by the Indian State and human rights violations in the Valley. It has barely achieved any success but could have when it took the issue to the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1993-94. Former Indian envoy to Pakistan Satish Chandra, who was then based in Geneva as India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, calls it his toughest diplomatic assignment. It’s well documented in his book ‘A Life Well Spent: Four Decades in the Indian Foreign Service’. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale on ‘The Gist’, Ambassador Chandra recalls how it needed a huge amount of lobbying to counter the “savvy” anti-India campaign of Pakistan.

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