New Delhi:India has lodged a strong protest with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over its report on human rights violations in Kashmir valley.
In a communication sent to the OHCHR on June 12, New Delhi has raised the issue of the world body’s departure from internationally accepted terminology in the report.
India pointed out that the OHCHR in its 49-page report described the United Nations-proscribed ‘terrorist’ organisations like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as ‘armed group’ 38 times and ‘PoK’ as ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ 26 times.
Besides, it said that the OHCHR nowhere mentioned ‘cross-border terrorism’ rather used ‘cross-border shelling’ twice.
The report also called for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations in ‘Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir’, saying Indian and Pakistani security forces used ‘excessive’ force in both sides of the ‘disputed territory’, killing and wounding civilians since 2016.
However, India outrightly rejected the report calling it as ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated’.