NEW DELHI: India has rejected a statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein after he called on India to allow an international mission to visit Kashmir. Speaking at the UN, the commissioner said, “We had received reports, and continue to do so, claiming Indian authorities had used force excessively against the civilian population under its administration. I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed and that it should be given free and complete access”.
The UN Commissioner went on to say he had got a letter from the Pakistan government formally inviting the UN team to the “Pakistani side of the LOC”.
However India has strongly rejected this statement, saying “The present situation arose from the death of a self-acknowledged commander of the terrorist organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. It was further aggravated by sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights and should be so acknowledged by any impartial and objective observer.”
The Ministry of External Affairs also said, “As regards the suggestion for a visit of a mission to both sides of the Line of Control, we would underline that there is no comparison. Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is administered by a ‘deep state’ and has become a hub for the global export of terror”.
Over 80 people have died and more than 10,000 injured in clashes between protesters with security forces following the death of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.