NEW DELHI: The federal government has initiated a serious effort to win over the assist of 13 European nations within the UN Human Rights Council to blunt a Pakistan-initiated decision towards New Delhi’s current strikes in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan is about to press for a decision towards India’s strikes to “muzzle human rights” in J&Ok throughout the Geneva-based UNHRC’s session from September 9 to 27, after having failed to lift the problem on the UN Safety Council assembly final month, individuals accustomed to the matter stated.

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There are 47 members, together with India, Pakistan and China, within the UNHRC, and assist of 13 European counties is vital in defeating this decision, they stated.

The exterior affairs ministry (MEA) has been conducting common briefings for European envoys on the Kashmir state of affairs. That’s as a result of European states are thought of a make or break block within the human rights physique as some voices within the European Union have appeared extra frightened than Asian and African states concerning the India’s strikes on Kashmir, sources stated.

One of many secretaries in MEA will lead the Indian delegation to UNHRC. The delegation shall be assisted by Ajay Bisaria who was India’s envoy in Pakistan until Islamabad determined to downgrade ties after August 5 when India nearly revoked the particular standing of J&Ok and bifurcated the state, sources stated. India is paying particular consideration to western European nations within the council. Of those, Denmark, Austria and the UK may give a tricky time to India based mostly on their conventional strategy on safeguarding human rights. It’s hoped that additional rest of restrictions within the Kashmir valley to normalise state of affairs there within the subsequent few days will bolster India’s case in UNHRC.

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India is extra hopeful of assist from Italy, Spain and central European nations of Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, sources stated.

Whereas international minister S Jaishankar undertook a go to to Hungary final month, high Indian management has additionally visited central European states of Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Croatia previously two years. The nation is trying to put in place a method to boost engagement with central Europe based mostly on India’s reinvigorated Europe coverage within the backdrop of Brexit.