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India Condemns UN Report On Human Rights Violations In Kashmir As 'Fallacious And Motivated'

| June 14 , 2018 , 16:18 IST

As the United Nations Human Rights Commission on Thursday for the first time ever called for an international inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) rejected the report as "fallacious, tendentious and motivated".

The 49-page first ever report issued by the UN on the human rights situation in "Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir" details " human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control".

The report also highlights "a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces”.

India strongly rejected the report and also questioned the intention behind bringing out such a report.

“India rejects the report. It is fallacious, tendentious and motivated. We question the intent in bringing out such a report. It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative," the MEA said in a statement.

“The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 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. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to vacate the occupied territories. The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’." the statement continued.

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 “It is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as “armed groups” and terrorists as “leaders”. This undermines the UN-led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism," it said.

“The motivated report deliberately ignores that fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution to every Indian citizen, including in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, are protected also by an independent judiciary, human rights commissions, free and vibrant media and an active civil society," it continued.

“Our protest and views in the matter have been conveyed unequivocally to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. We are deeply concerned that individual prejudices are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a UN institution," said the statement.