Pakistan rejects India's claim over Held Kashmir

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

Asserting that there was an "urgent need" to address the past and ongoing human rights violations, the report said, "any resolution to the political situation in Kashmir should entail a commitment to ending the cycles of violence and accountability for past and current human rights violations".

"I would throw the report in the dustbin".

"The report violates India's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

Parvez, who works with civil society organisations in Indian-Administered Kashmir, said that the United Nations report "has authenticated our allegations that impunity for armed forces is chronic in Jammu and Kashmir".

"Despite the Government of Pakistan's assertions of denial of any support to these groups, experts believe that Pakistan's military continues to support their operations across the Line of Control in Indian-Administered Kashmir", the report said.

The UN made history by coming out with its first-ever human rights report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. "Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression", the MEA said.

A United Nations report has accused India of having used excessive force in occupied Kashmir to martyr and wound civilians since 2016, as it called for an worldwide inquiry into the accusations of rights violations. "Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India".

"India rejects the report".

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The verdant Kashmir valley, nestled below snow-capped Himalayan peaks, has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the time of independence and Pakistan's creation, and its border is one of the most heavily militarized in the world.

Zeid said India needed "to take immediate and effective steps to avoid a repetition of the numerous examples of excessive use of force by security forces in Kashmir".

Reacting to the report, India said it is "fallacious, tendentious and motivated". "We question the intent in bringing out such a report", said an MEA spokesperson.

Pakistan welcomed Zeid's request for a probe, saying in a statement that it was "consistent with Pakistan's several calls to this effect since 2016". "It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative", slammed a MEA statement. It said the report violates India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The rights office also said that restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly made it hard to obtain information about conditions in AJK. "We feel that United Nations has drafted the report without visiting Jammu and Kashmir".

Indian security forces used excessive force that led to unlawful killings and a very high number of injuries, the report says, citing civil society estimates that up to 145 civilians were killed by the security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018, with up to 20 other civilians killed by armed groups in the same period. He said it stipulates that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir would be determined through the democratic method of a transparent, free and fair plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiris.

India said it was disturbing that the U.N. report described internationally-designated and U.N. -proscribed militant bodies as "armed groups" and militants as "leaders", as it undermined the U.N. -led consensus on zero tolerance of terrorism.

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