UN has sought an international inquiry into human right abuses in both Kashmir and PoK.
In a major embarrassment, the United Nations has sought an international inquiry into human right abuses in both “Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered Kashmir”.
This is the first time that the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) has accused India of violating human rights in Kashmir.
India has to take serious view of this report and set the records straight. It is a fact that Kashmir is on a spiral of violence, mainly fomented by Pakistan.
The UNHRC has called for an “urgent need” to address the past and ongoing human rights violations and “any resolution to the political situation in Kashmir should entail a commitment to ending the cycles of violence and accountability for past and current human rights violations.”
Adding that “people on both sides of the Line of Control have been detrimentally impacted and suffer from limitations or denial of a range of human rights,” the report also asked neighbouring country Pakistan to end its “misuse” of anti-terror legislation to quash dissent.
“Despite the Government of Pakistan’s assertions of denial of any support to these groups, experts believe that Pakistan’s military continues to support their operations across the Line of Control in Indian-Administered Kashmir,” the global human rights watch body said.
On Thursday, India outrightly rejected the United Nations report calling it “fallacious, tendentious and motivated.”
The External Affairs Ministry in a statement said the report is a “selective compilation of largely unverified statements and violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The ministry “questioned the intent” behind it while pointing out that “the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression.”