New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) As India hit back at Pakistan at the UNHRC over the latters attempt to rake up Kashmir, former diplomats said that Islamabad was doing it for the sake of "domestic propaganda" and that most countries have acknowledged that revoking Kashmir's special status is India's internal matter.
Former Foreign Secretary Lalit Mansingh told IANS: "I think that India is facing this with confidence, because the ground situation in Kashmir is well within control. Most of the countries that India has approached have acknowledged that it is an internal matter for India, and there should be no outside interference."
G. Parthasarathy, former envoy to Islamabad, told IANS: "The fact of the matter is that Pakistan has not done its preparation. Even to get it (country-specific UNHRC resolution) admitted, it needs 24 votes, not counting abstentions. So, I don't know why they got into all this. They are doing this for domestic propaganda."
According to Mansingh, besides support for India over its move on Kashmir, there is also "a strong sentiment against terrorism, which actually makes people understand what India is facing in Kashmir".
He said that there was also this fear that "if the Taliban withdrew from Afghanistan, it would increase pressure on Kashmir, because in the past this has also happened that the terrorist groups would move from Afghanistan, and with Pakistan's encouragement, get into Kashmir and other parts of India".
Mansingh said despite the "usual noises" being made, the "situation seems to be favorable for India".
"But we have seen that most countries are taking a rational view of the situation, and not rushing to support Pakistan, which it is asking for".
He also said that "one of the arguments which actually helps us is that there are enormous violations of human rights going on within Pakistan and in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, and we plan to highlight that at Geneva. So Pakistan will be on the defensive."
According to Parthasarathy, India can argue "point by point" on the Kashmir issue at the UNHRC, including explain that those political leaders who have been placed under detention would be released. They were taken under detention as "they were threatening agitations" at the time when Kashmir's special status was being revoked.
The Indian government has also promised economic progress in Kashmir after revoking its special status. "Today their main crop is apple export crop. The government of India arranged it in a manner never done by the state government before, to see that the farmer gets his due. We've been tackling it in multiple ways," he added.
Aizawl, Feb 19 (IANS) Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday presented a tax-free budget with an outlay of Rs 10,715 crore for 2020-21.
In the budget, presented on the third day of the budget session, there is no new proposal for levying new taxes or enhancing tax rates for the next fiscal.
Zoramthanga, who also holds the Finance portfolio, told the house that it is a surplus budget of Rs 17.73 crore.
The Chief Minister said that the government has taken a series of steps to increase the state's own tax and non-tax revenue at Rs 1,244.76 crore with an estimated growth of 20.50 per cent compared to 2019-2020 budget.
He said the target would be achieved not by imposing fresh taxes but by a more efficient tax collection and better tax management system.
The budget proposal has fixed the revenue expenditure estimated at Rs 9,021.85 crore, which is 84.20 per cent of the total budget. "Total fund earmarked for capital expenditure to the development of the state amounts to Rs 1,693.15 crore, which is 15.80 per cent of the total estimated expenditure," Zoramthanga added.
With the customary speech of Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, the 5th session of the 8th Mizoram Assembly began here on Monday. The Budget Session will continue till March 14, with a break in between.