Though India has rejected the UN report alleging human rights violations in Kashmir as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”, the world body after calling for mediation at last has stepped into the controversy on the issue. What it saw as human rights violations is projected by some vested interest media and non-governmental agencies whose veracity and stand on the issue from the beginning has been questionable. The report first of its kind calls for any resolution to the political situation in Kashmir and should entail a commitment to ending the cycles of violence and accountability for past and current human rights violations. The world body has added that the report is a selective compilation of largely unverified information which questions its validity. Had there been any human rights violations in Kashmir the people of that region never would have the freedom and priority they enjoy compared to lesser cousin Jammu. As far as role of security forces is concerned they are fighting insurgency, which has local peoples’ full support, under peculiar conditions so collateral damages are part of the game but there is no hue and cry when the crowd or people attack security agencies and target them for stone throwing. These are the same security forces which have been instrumental in rescuing the Kashmiris from the onslaught of 2014 floods. It was the Army which reached first in providing relief and rescue to the marooned people for over a fortnight and today the people of Kashmir are targeting the same army personnel. Is this not a human rights violation of Indian Army’s jawan? In fact UN should ask first Pakistan to end its “misuse” of anti-terror legislation to persecute peaceful activists and quash dissent. We all know that there can’t be any comparison between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as the former has a democratically elected government while the latter has seen a Pakistani diplomat arbitrarily appointed as its head. Given that India has been maintaining that people in J-K were victims of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which was training and arming militants and helping them infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC), the UN report may not go down well with New Delhi.
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