India on Thursday targeted Pakistan at a special virtual meeting of the UN human rights body on the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it was involved in a “disinformation campaign” instead of dealing with an increasing number of Coronavirus infections.
Delivering India’s statement at a virtual meeting with special procedures, Mini Kumam’s first secretary from India’s permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said without naming Pakistan: “It is sad that instead of joining global and regional efforts in combating Covid-19, one country continue the disinformation campaign against India.
“One can only advise this country to focus its efforts on tackling the pandemic at home and in particular the sharp increase in the number of cases only in occupied territories and deal with discrimination inflicted on the minority even in these difficult times.”
In recent weeks, Pakistani authorities have faced criticism over reports that members of the Hindu minority in Karachi were not provided with assistance by an NGO. Handling Imran Khan’s pandemic government also faces criticism in Pakistan.
During a virtual meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic, India said the impact of the crisis “is still ongoing in a multidimensional manner, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms”. India said the guidelines issued by the special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing “are very relevant in this crisis”.
“As we all realize, the flow of information is very crucial is carrying out activities mandated by special procedures. In the current situation, we want to ask how the pandemic has influenced the credible flow of information into specific procedures, “an Indian statement said.