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UNHRC Report On Kashmir Shows Clear Bias: India At UN Security Council Meet

| July 10 , 2018 , 11:37 IST

The United Nations Human Rights Commission's 49-page report on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir released last month was swiftly condemned by the Ministry of External Affairs and was condemned by India at the United Nations Security Council meet on Tuesday as well.

Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations (UN) Tanmaya Lal slammed the report as being biased and written based on unverified sources of information.

"Document reflected clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate and relied on unverified sources of info; a document that was not found fit to be considered by membership of the forum where it was submitted," Lal said.

"Such deliberate self-serving attempts by Pakistan seek to obfuscate reality of their own use of terrorism to undermine state sovereignty. Such attempts have not succeeded in the past in any forum and will not do so now," the Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN said.

"In conclusion, let me reiterate India’s strong support for the United Nations endeavours to protection of children in situations of armed conflict," Lal said.

The UN report cited the protests that broke out after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016 and that India and Pakistan officials presented two different versions of the situation to the High Commissioner of Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.

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Upon the release of the report, the first-ever UN report alleging human rights violations in Kashmir, it was termed as "misleading and mischievous" by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"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 the 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 the Indian Territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir' and 'Gilgit-Baltistan'," the MEA said in a statement.