India on Monday slammed Pakistan at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by exercising the Right of Reply (RoR) against remarks made by Pakistan on the situation in Kashmir and the status of minorities in India

Indian diplomat Pawan Badhe represented India with a two-pronged response. "Pakistan has been continuously misusing this august forum for malicious propaganda against my country," he began before calling Pakistan out for its behaviour with minorities within their own country.

"None of Pakistan's vile accusations against India could stifle the voice of the minorities and the people under its subjugation. The fate of religious and ethnic minorities is well known when beheading is the only option in Pakistan in exchange for freedom of religion. Various international organisations have termed Pakistan as the killing field for minorities. The Ahmadis remain the most persecuted community in Pakistan under the aegis of the so-called Constitution of Pakistan. Hundreds of Christians are persecuted every year while maximum of them are subjected to violent deaths in Pakistan," said Pawan Badhe.

He further added that "enforced disappearances" is an idea that receives state sanction and is an "institutionalised" form of subjugation.

"Children as young as 12 years old in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are normally abducted and trained to be suicide bombers. In a chilling reminder to what Pakistan is capable of, Ministers of Pakistan proudly call for another full-scale genocide against Baluchis to resolve the political crisis in Baluchistan," he said.

India also called out Pakistan for the treatment meted out to journalists who dare to question authority.

"Unfortunately, the statistics and data from international organisations have demonstrated that Pakistan is also a minefield for journalists and human rights defenders. Murder, harassment, assault are the wages for independent journalists in Pakistan's so-called democracy," said the Indian diplomat.

On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, India reiterated that the entire territory of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is an "integral" part of India and advised Pakistan to see the reality and "vacate" the coveted territories.

"Pakistan's deceit and hypocrisy is best demonstrated when it orchestrated mass influx to Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh through discriminatory domicile laws. It's baffling that there are three outsiders for every four in the Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

"While civil, political and constitutional rights are non-existent in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, deliberate economic policies have also subjugated them to a life of extreme poverty. A simple demand for land rights could lead to imprisonment for 40 years as has been the fate for political activists such as Baba Jan and others," he said.

Adding further how the occupied territories are being misused for terror purposes by Pakistan, Badhe said, "In contrast, full-scale training camps and launchpads of terrorists are being escalated in Pakistan Occupied parts of Indian Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at great expense for sustaining cross border terrorism against India.

"It's not without reason that Pakistan remains a safe harbour for terrorists. While the world is busy combatting Covid-19 pandemic, Pakistan hoodwinks the world to allow delisting more than 4000 proscribed terrorists to sustain its terror ecosystem," he said.