US exited UN Human rights body, citing anti-Israel bias. India too should follow the cue on the world human rights body’s observation on India’s stand on Kashmir. Surprisingly it looks the UN arm has forgotten that Kashmir is an integral part of India and the truth has been biased in its recent report also. India has every right to protect its territory and region against any external or internal aggression or uprising and UN arm has no business to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. Although the first UNHCR report on Kashmir mentions both sides of the LoC, it focuses mainly on alleged serious violations in Jammu and Kashmir between July 2016 and April 2018, claiming that security forces had killed some 145 civilians and armed groups had killed up to 20 civilians, without mentioning terrorists, including Pakistan-sponsored ones. What about the Indian security men killed by terrorists or made victims of stone throwing in Kashmir? India’s Ministry of External Affairs rejected the report, calling it “fallacious, tendentious and motivated” and also questioning its intent in bringing out a selective compilation of largely unverified information to build a false narrative. Images of separatists and ISI-aides with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have gone viral giving a credence to the Pakistan hand behind the malicious report. India had said that the “selective compilation of largely unverified information, aimed at promoting a false narrative, distorts the truth, legitimises terrorism by referring to UN designated terrorist entities as armed groups”, and that “the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India; Pakistan is in forcible and illegal occupation of a part of the Indian state”. One should not forget the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements and forums under the President’s “America First” policy. India too should follow the American pattern as the country has nothing to fear for maintaining its borders safe and integrity.
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