Delhi terms United Nations report on Kashmir human rights as 'fallacious & motivated'

UN rights chief calls for major probe into Kashmir abuses

It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. "We question the intent in bringing out such a report", said an MEA spokesperson.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, "to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent global investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir". "Such malicious reports can not undermine the will of the people and the Government of India to take all measures necessary to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country from cross border terrorism".

"Instead of making frivolous protests and issuing legally untenable and uncalled for statements, India should take steps to vacate its illegal occupation, fulfill its worldwide obligations and expedite resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions", the Spokesman said.

"India has conveyed a strong protest through diplomatic channel today against the so-called "Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 2018", a statement from the ministry read.

The UN report, which is particularly critical of India, highlights "chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces".

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called for maximum restraint and denounced the lack of prosecutions of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir due to a 1990 law giving them what he called "virtual immunity".

The MEA also said that the report failed to take into account the global consensus on terrorism and added, "Terrorism is the most egregious violation of human rights".

It violated the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, it said.

"The Indian claim has no legal basis and continues to be contradicted by the situation on ground over the last seven decades", Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

This is for the first time the UNHRC has issued a report on the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. "We reject and condemn this report, which is completely uncalled for", he added.

Pakistan said the United Nation's Report has "rightly" called for a final political solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through meaningful dialogue.

Pakistan should "end the misuse of anti-terror legislation to persecute those engaging in peaceful political and civil activities and those who express dissent", the United Nations report says. The report also mentions the use of pellet guns by security forces that led to the deaths of about 17 people between July 2016 and August 2017, and another 6,221 injured by metal pellets between 2016 and March 2017. It accuses that individual prejudices' are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a United Nations institution'.

The UN report, which comes amid clashes along the Line of Control and repeated violations of a 2003 ceasefire pact by Pakistan, said the UN body chief met with representatives of both governments following an upsurge in violence in July 2016 after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani by Indian security forces. The Indian-administered portion of the region has been the scene of an armed insurgency backed by Pakistan for 30 years, although the number of militants operating in the valley now numbers only a few hundred, far fewer than the movement's height in the 1990s.

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