India rejects UN report on IOK, says it ‘not even fit for consideration by rights group’

Published: July 10, 2018
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Indian forces hurl tear gas at Kashmiri protesters in Sringar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Indian forces hurl tear gas at Kashmiri protesters in Sringar. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

India on Tuesday rubbished the UN report on occupied Kashmir at the Security Council, terming the “so called” report is coloured by the “clear bias” and was not deemed fit to be taken into consideration by the human rights body, Hindustan Times reported.

Pakistan has pursued the issue of the rights violation in the disputed Himalayan valley at a UN session on Monday.

New Delhi has fired back by claiming this is ploy by Islamabad to misuse the UN forum by referring to situations that are extraneous to the discussions.

Pakistan’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi referred to the June 14 report on held Kashmir by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein during a Security Council debate on Children and Armed Conflict.

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However, Ambassador Tanmaya Lal, India’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, said the “so-called” report about the Indian-occupied Kashmir reflects the “clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate whatsoever and relied on unverified sources of information”.

He claimed the document “was not even found fit to be considered by the membership of the forum where it was submitted”.

New Delhi has quashed the human rights report by Zeid Ra’ad, who had called for a commission of inquiry by the Human Rights Council to conduct a an independent, international probe into the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

The article originally appeared on Hindustan Times

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