The first report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir is flawed at many levels. It is weirdly silent on the dreaded terrorist outfits operating from Pakistani soil, fully supported and nurtured by the military establishment. It uses unacceptable terms such as “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan” for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous and misleading. It must be pointed out that there are no entities such as ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan.’ Such references are not only factually incorrect but are also highly inappropriate to be used by an official body of the UN, which is duty-bound to respect the sovereign rights and obligations of the world’s largest democracy. The highly biased report is also silent on the excesses committed on the people of Gilgit, Baltistan and Balochistan, the genocide of freedom fighters in Balochistan and Sind, forcible abduction of leaders who question the army excesses and the illegal occupation of areas by Islamabad. The report has gone far beyond its mandate by referring to India’s internal security concerns and anti-terrorism initiatives as being part of human rights violations. It turns out to be a compilation of unverified information to build a false narrative. By calling for upholding the right to self-determination of Kashmiris, the report has exposed its tendentious and motivated agenda. It must be noted that there are democratically elected governments, both in J&K and in Delhi that are committed to upholding the rule of law.
There is a growing realisation among international community that India has been a victim of terrorism emanating from Pakistan for decades. If at all there is anything that needs to be exposed by the UN body, it is the devious design of Islamabad which has been using terrorism as an instrument of state policy to inflict damage on India. It is preposterous on the part of the UN institution to recommend setting up a committee to investigate accusations of human rights violations in Kashmir. Clearly, the UNHRC has prepared the report with zero understanding of the ground situation in the sensitive border state. This is a prejudiced attempt by vested interests to hurt India’s sovereignty and national interests. It is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as “armed groups” and terrorists as “leaders”. Ironically, this undermines the UN-led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism. The entire State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state and it needs to be told to vacate the occupied territories.