On the issue of Kashmir unrest Pakistan had earlier approached the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Tuesday responded that there is no comparison between the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to the one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“As regards the suggestion for a visit of a mission to both sides of the Line of Control, we would underline that there is no comparison between the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”, MEA said.
Talking about the terrorism MEA said that the terrorism is the “grossest violation” of human rights. He recalled that the present situation arose from the death of a self- acknowledged commander of the terrorist organisation, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, who was wanted for several terrorist acts. It was further aggravated by sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
Swarup added that the high number of casualties suffered by the Indian army showed the ‘tremendous restraint’ they had exercised at the border.
MEA said that issue of allowing an external mission access to Kashmir was considered by the All- Party Conference in August, and was rejected. he said that the Indian democracy has all that is required to address legitimate grievances.
“The former has a democratically elected Government, while the latter has seen a Pakistani diplomat arbitrarily appointed as its head. The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is part of a pluralistic and secular democracy, where freedoms are guaranteed by an independent judiciary, an active media and a vibrant civil society.
In the end of the statement that concluded showed that India hopes the connection between terrorism and violation of human rights would be recognised and deliberated upon by the UN.
Meanwhile, Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ‘dedicated’ Eid-Al-Azha for the sacrifices of kashmiris. He further said that Pakistan will continue to do the same until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
“We cannot ignore sacrifices of Kashmiris. They will succeed through their sacrifices. We dedicate this Eid to the supreme sacrifices of Kashmiri people and we will continue doing so till the Kashmir issue is not resolved according to their (Kashmiri people) wishes,” the Prime Minister said in his message on the occasion of Eid-ul Azha.
He narrated that Kashmiris have given their third generation in their struggle to attain “freedom from India.” “They are struggling for their right to self- determination and facing Indian atrocities. Their voice cannot be suppressed through force,” he said.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain also gave message on this occasion; said Pakistan must remember “our Kashmiri brothers and sisters affected by terrorism”.
“During this hour of need we must support the Kashmiri people. They are facing the worst atrocities to get their right to self-determination. Time is not far away when the Kashmiri people will get dividend of their supreme struggle. They will soon celebrate such festivals in free land,” the President said.
He also asked the Pakistan government to take stand on the same and “help Kashmiris get freedom.”