India on Tuesday rejected the appeal of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCHR) to send a delegation to gauge the situation in Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control.
In a strongly worded statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) claimed that UNHCHR commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has received conflicting narratives on the cause for the confrontations.
The Indian foreign ministry in its reply blamed Pakistan for the current spate of violence in the Kashmir Valley.
“It would be 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. Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights and should be so acknowledged by any impartial and objective observer”, the response said.
Earlier, in his opening remarks at the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra’ad had lamented that two months back he requested both India and Pakistan to allow teams to investigate allegations of human rights abuses on both sides of Kashmir and his office received ‘conflicting narratives’ from both sides. “I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two sides,” Zeid said.
PAKISTAN RAKES UP KASHMIR ISSUE GLOBALLY
Pakistan which has been going all out to internationalise the Kashmir issue, recently upped the ante by appointing 22 special envoys of the Pakistan PM on Jammu and Kashmir to rake up the issue globally.
Islamabad sought a ‘fair, transparent and independent inquiry’ into what it called the ‘martyrdom of Burhan Wani.’
The Human Rights High Commissioner informed the UNHRC that in a letter sent last Friday, the government of Pakistan has agreed to ‘formally invite an OHCHR team to the Pakistani side of Line of Control, but in tandem with a mission to the Indian side.’
Dismissing off the proposal, the Indian side in its reply said, “The issue of an external mission was considered by the all-party conference on August 12, 2016 that met to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. It was unanimously felt that Indian democracy has all that is required to address legitimate grievances.”
“We hope that the connection between terrorism and violation of human rights would be recognised and deliberated upon in Geneva,” the MEA emphasised.
Source: India Today