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India will continue to raise Balochistan Issue to relieve it from Pak Atrocities, says Sushma

Till the time Balochistan faces repression, and human rights violations continue there, India will raise this issue

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New Delhi, Sept 16: External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj will be leading the Indian delegation to the 71st session of the UNGA and she is scheduled to deliver her address on September 26. The issue of Balochistan is likely to be raised during the UN General Assembly later this month, September, in New York.

India on Wednesday raised the Pakistan’s human rights violations issue in Balochistan at UN in Geneva. India raised the issue while responding to the charges on the recent issue in Kashmir. Islamabad had also raised the issue of Kashmir unrest and human rights violations taking place in India at the UNHRC.

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India in response to Pakistan’s charges said, “Pakistan has alleged human rights violations in India. Our credentials as a peaceful, democratic, pluralistic society that is deeply committed to the welfare of its people are well established. On the contrary, Pakistan is characterized by authoritarianism, absence of democratic norms and widespread human rights violations across the country, including Balochistan. The institutions of governance in Pakistan have corroded to such an extent that it has become a hub for the global export of terror.”

India likely to raise Balochistan issue during UNGA
India likely to raise Balochistan issue during UNGA

India, started off by saying- Pakistan had once again tried to mask its own territorial ambitions and the use of terrorism as a policy of the state, under the garb of human rights concern. “This is a country, which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan, as well as of the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. While advocating restraint to others, it has no hesitation in using air power against its own people,” said India.

India’s response at the UNHRC follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statements at the meeting of all-party and also the statements during Independence Day of India.

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Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tehmina Janjua, said, J&K is an international issue which is recognized by a number of UNSC resolutions. She further added, “Despite the broad-based indigenous nature of the latest uprising … India continues to cast aspersions on its indigenous nature. But this is hardly surprising as it is the characteristic of oppressive regimes to label those struggling for their rights as terrorists.”

The MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said,“Till the time Balochistan faces repression, and human rights violations continue there, India will raise this issue,”. He said it when a question on India raising the Balochistan issue was asked at the United Nations Rights Council in Geneva.
The statement came soon after a day India raised the issue before UN. India, also accused Pakistan of violating human rights in Balochistan as well as in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)