India reacts sharply to United Nations report on Kashmir

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The first United Nations report on human rights in Indian-occupied Kashmir focuses mainly on serious violations in the region from July 2016 to April 2018.

"The government even questioned the intent in bringing out such a report".

"I would throw the report in the dustbin. Cross-border terror and incitement is aimed at suppressing the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, disrupting its political and social fabric and undermining India's integrity".

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

The UN Human Rights Office - which, despite repeated requests to both India and Pakistan over the past two years, has not been given unconditional access to either side of the Line of Control - undertook remote monitoring to produce the report, which covers both Indian administered Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

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 global inquiry into the accusations of rights violations. "It was clearly conveyed that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called "Azad Jammu and Kashmir" is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947". "We reject this report", he added.

The rights office also says restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly make it hard to get information about conditions in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. "The Congress supports the government's stand", said the party. "We reject and condemn this report, which is completely uncalled for", he added. We question the intent in bringing out such a report, said the official spokesperson in response to a question on the report by the United Nations commission. It further called the report a selective compilation of largely unverified information.

The Ministry of External Affairs earlier said the report was "overtly prejudiced" and sought to build a "false narrative". "The report violates India's sovereignty and territorial integrity", the MEA said.

Violations in Pakistan-administered Kashmir "are of a different caliber or magnitude", the United Nations report said, while decrying restrictions on freedoms of expression and association. "In addition, the report says, restrictions on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and in Gilgit-Baltistan have limited the ability to obtain information about the situation".

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. "This proposal is consistent with Pakistan's several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for probe into gross and systematic violations, including pellet guns and excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and detentions, as well as continued sexual violence, as part of the overall impunity enjoyed by Indian security forces", according to a statement from the Pakistan foreign office made available by the high commission in New Delhi.

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