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Victims of Pak-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir highlight their plight at UNHRC event
Jammu Kashmir
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Victims of Pak-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir highlight their plight at UNHRC event

| @indiablooms | 09 Oct 2022, 03:34 pm

Geneva/United Nations: For the first time ever, the victims of Pakistan-backed cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir related their ordeal and how the valley has borne the brunt of the unwanted violence at a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) event last week.

Tasleema and Shuaib from Jammu and Kashmir said at the event over the years they have witnessed several of their close relatives being brutally murdered by the terrorists, WION News reported.

Tasleema said despite the cruelties inflicted on her family by Pak-sponsored militancy, "We remain unacknowledged..."

With their address to the event, the victims of cross-border terrorism highlighted the plight of the people in the Jammu & Kashmir valley, which has mostly remained out of the international community's focus.

As per the report, Shuaib explained, "Like my family, the valley has witnessed thousands of innocent lives being lost at the hands of terrorism in three decades....It is more challenging for a women victim to speak about exploitation".

Shuaib's father was killed by terrorists.

Both Taslima and Shuaib have worked and documented the plight of many terrorism victims at the grassroots level.

Shuaib said the families of victims of cross-border terrorism continue to live in fear and threat.

"I have a strong faith in the international community, role to address these challenges," he said.

Shuaib also showed a film featuring the plight of victims of Pak-supported terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

India has welcomed the address of victims of cross-border terrorism at the UNHRC. At a weekly presser, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said directly listening to victims of terrorism makes a difference and it is a good step that the UN body heard them directly.

"See, we talk about terrorism in this way very dispassionately, I think directly listening to the victims makes a difference and it is a good step that the council can hear them directly, the victims of terrorism.

"I can't express what impact it will have right now, but it is important that a human face is given to the victims of terrorism, and they are not just numbers or figures," Bagchi said.

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