New Delhi: Army chief Bipin Rawat today broke his silence on a recent United Nations report cataloguing alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it isn’t worth speaking about as it is “motivated”.
“We don’t need to be concerned about this report (the recent UNHRC report on Kashmir, which has been rejected by India). Some of these reports are motivated. The human rights record of the Indian Army is absolutely above board,” said the Army chief.
India has already dismissed the UN report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. In the report released June 14, the UN talked about alleged human rights violations in both Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and sought an international inquiry into these so-called abuses.
In a strong reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the report is “overtly prejudiced” and seeks to build a “false narrative”. It violated the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the MEA said. It added that the report is a selective compilation of largely unverified information.
“The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 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 through aggression,” the MEA said.