WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jul 08, 2019, 07.28 PM
India has said that a UN report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is a mere continuation of the earlier "false and motivated narrative".
"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. Its assertions are in violation of India's sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Monday.
The report by Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) slammed both India and Pakistan for failing to improve situation in the state, and called for an international probe into violations.
Noting that four major armed groups in J&K are believed to be based on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control, the OHCHR report said, "No steps have been taken to resolve the main issues, including a number of highly problematic legal restrictions." This is a follow-up report by OHCHR on its first-ever report on Kashmir released last year.
"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," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his statement today.
It is a matter of deep concern that this update seems to accord legitimacy to terrorism that is in complete variance with the UN Security Council (UNSC) positions, he added.
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"The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in the illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so-called 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir' and 'Gilgit-Baltistan' through aggression. We have repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories," said Kumar.
The update, by distorting India's policies, practices, and values, has undermined its own credibility, he added.
The UN rights office shared the report with both countries last month.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has suffered decades of unrest in bloodshed that has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.
(With inputs from agencies)
The update, by distorting India's policies, practices, and values, has undermined its own credibility, said foreign ministry