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India slams UN rights office’s ‘false’ Jammu-Kashmir narrative

The rights office said, "neither India nor Pakistan has taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised."

Geneva: India on Monday lodged a strong protest with the UN rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it is merely a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative and ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

Last year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir and in an update of that report it claimed on Monday that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”.

Hitting out at the report, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “The update of the report of the OHCHR is merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.”

The assertions in the report are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism, he said.

“A situation created by years of cross-border terrorist attacks emanating from Pakistan has been analysed’ without any reference to its causality. The update seems to be a contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and the most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism,” Kumar said.

“We have registered our strong protest regarding the update with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” he said.

The entire Imran Khan desperation has been quite desperate to resume talks with India. However, due to unrelenting terrorist attacks by groups that Pakistan shelters and sponsors, the Narendra Modi government has not shown any inclination to resume the dialogue with Pakistan. In the meantime, the US has clearly taken a pro-India position on the issue.


The UN rights office had earlier said that India and Pakistan failed to improve the situation in Kashmir and have not taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised in an earlier report by the rights body.

Last year, the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released its first-ever report on Kashmir, documenting the wrongdoing by India and Pakistan and urging action to reduce long-standing tensions.

“A UN human rights report on the situation in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019, says the number of civilian casualties reported over the 12-month period may be the highest in over a decade,” the new report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said.

The rights office said, “neither India nor Pakistan has taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised.”

“In PoK, accountability for violations committed by members of the Indian security forces remains virtually non-existent,” the report said.

In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the updated report by the office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a continuation of earlier false, motivated narrative on Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan has appealed to the United States to play a role in resolving all pending issues with India after the Pulwama terror attack and India’s retaliatory airstrike on training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot. Tensions between the two countries worsened after the Pulwama terror attack and both the countries were almost on the brink of war after India’s military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on 26 February and Pakistan carried out a counter-offensive the next day.

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