Government should look into UNHRC report on Kashmir, says Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi, June 15: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that the central government needs to point out if there were any inaccuracy in the report of UN Human Rights Commission on Kashmir.

In the 49-page report, the United Nations has called for a probe into alleged human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley by both India and Pakistan.

Tharoor told news agency ANI, “UN Human Rights Commission has to do its job and we have to do ours. It would be wrong for us to pretend that the situation is absolutely normal in Kashmir. There have been issues and violence in Kashmir and perhaps also in response to human rights violations.”

On the related note, he further said that if the report was incorrect then it should be criticised.

“The government has to look into the report carefully. Wherever it is wrong, criticise it. Where there is substance, we ourselves need corrective measures in the interests of the people,” the Congress leader added.

In its report UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated “The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering”.

“It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,” asserted Zeid.

Reacting to this India rejected United Nations (UN) report of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and described it as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”.

Questioning the intention behind the report by Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on “human rights situation in Kashmir,the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said “We question intent in bringing out this report. It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information.”

“India also slammed the report for its description of the Indian territory which names Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan.”


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