Nepal’s new Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed concern, as India approached the United National Human Rights Commission in an alleged human rights violation case against Nepal.
In response to India’s UNHRC move, Oli recalled India’s blockade of key border points, effectively blocking food supply, calling it “more inhuman than war.”
Foodstuff and protection come into priority under the humanitarian aspect even during a war. The neighbouring country has further troubled our country by blocking checkpoints while we are still paralysed by the April 25 devastating earthquake. This is objectionable.KP Sharma Oli, Nepal Prime Minister
On Wednesday, India called on Nepal at the UNHRC to consolidate Constitution building by accommodating “all sections” and emphasised that the problems it is facing cannot be resolved through force.
Speaking to a delegation of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Oli said the current problem of blockade is caused by an “imported agenda carried by certain elements”.
The Neighbouring country is bullying us on one hand and raising issues of impunity on the other. Our close neighbour has opened our eyes. I will render efforts to bail the country out of the existing crisis, maintaining our national independence, dignity and national integrity.KP Sharma Oli, Nepal Prime Minister
Oli also claimed that India’s blockade has only strengthened the feeling of nationalism in the people of Nepal. The Nepal government will now talk to the agitating groups in Terai.
An Indian was killed during the clashes between security forces and Madhesi agitators in the border town of Raxaul, Burgunj in Nepal.
In its statement at the second Universal Periodic Review of Nepal, India also urged the Himalayan nation to investigate and take credible measures to prevent recurrence of “incidents of violence, extra-judicial killings and ethnic discrimination in the country”.
Reeling under the pressure, Nepal has warmed up to China to open border trade points for the much-needed supplies ahead of the festive season.
(With inputs from PTI)