UN Report on Kashmir ”motivated”, legitimises terror: India

July 11, 2019
New Delhi: Taking strong exception to a UN human rights report on Jammu and Kashmir, India on Thursday said the report was based on a ”false and motivated” narrative on the situation in the border state, and it gave a legitimacy to terrorism which was coming from Pakistan.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, while replying to a question on the issue, said the update of the Report by the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued on Monday “ignores” the whole issue of cross-border terrorism.

“We also feel that the report and the Update seem to be an effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy (India) and a country that openly practises state-sponsored terrorism,” he added.

It is an unacceptable advocacy of dismemberment of a UN member state, he said, underlining that Pakistan was in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so-called ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’, through aggression. India had repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories,” he added.

The report “seems to have accorded legitimacy to terrorism, which is completely at variance with the UNSC position,” the Spokesperson said, and pointed out that in the past the UNSC has proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and other terror groups.

Ravish Kumar said that by publishing and coming out with this report and update “they have undermined their own credibility”.

The Update also “belittles constitutional provisions, statutory procedures and established practices in an established functioning democracy”.

“They have failed to recognise an independent judiciary, human rights institutions and other mechanisms in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that safeguard, protect and promote constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to all citizens of India,” he said.

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