New Delhi, June 14:India on Thursday rejected United Nations (UN) report of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and termed it as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”.
India, on Thursday, rejected a United Nations report that accused the country of “human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir”. The report called out India for using “excessive force in Kashmir” and also named neighbouring Pakistan in “killing and wounding” civilians on both sides since 2016.
Questioning the intention behind the report 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.”
“The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in an illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to vacate the occupied territories. The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan,” said MEA retorting the claims made in the report.
India has already lodged its protest against the report to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“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,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“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,” said Zeid.