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BJP, Cong trash UN report on human rights in Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The and the BJP today trashed a UN report on alleged human rights violations in as a "prejudiced attempt" by vested interests to hurt India's sovereignty and national interests.

The supported the government on its stand rejecting the report and said it needed to be junked as it had not taken into account the ground realities in and had encouraged terrorists by terming them militant groups.

The BJP trashed the report as "prejudiced and baseless".

The Office of the High for Human Rights today released its first-ever report on alleged human rights violation in and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and demanded an international probe into it.

"Impunity for human rights violations and lack of access to justice are key human rights challenges in the Indian state of and Kashmir... Impunity for enforced or involuntary disappearances in Kashmir continues as there has been little movement towards credibly investigating complaints including into alleged sites of mass graves in the and region," the report said.

communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the report had been prepared without understanding the ground situation in and Kashmir, and asked if the should overlook state-sponsored terrorism being exported on Indian soil by

"is an integral and inseparable part of We reject UN Human Rights Report as a prejudiced attempt by vested interests to hurt India's sovereignty and national interests," he said.

"Congress party supports the government's stand in dismissing the report," he added.

said the report was based on "largely unverified information".

"No one, not even any global body has the right to question the sovereignty & integrity of Such malicious reports can only help undermine the credentials of the agency," he tweeted.

Senior BJP said it seemed that the report had been prepared by "juveniles" as they did not know the intricacies of the problem. "It is very fashionable to talk about human rights. We reject this report," he said.

BJP's rejected it as prejudiced and baseless, saying it was "incomprehensible" and added that the only issue about the valley was the violence caused by Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

"The BJP completely rejects the report. It is baseless and prejudiced," he said in a statement.

"In Indian culture even tree and water are conserved and so the charge of human rights violation against our country is absolutely ridiculous and incomprehensible," he said.

CPI D Raja, however, called for introspection and asked the government to look into charges instead of rejecting the report outright.

"is an important member of the Instead of outrightly rejecting the report India should do serious and appropriate retrospection as to why such a report has been given. Every day there are some incidents happening and we all agree that everyday situation is becoming worst and deteriorating," he said.

The UNHRC, Surjewala of the Congress said, prepared the report remotely with zero understanding of the situation in

"How does the report justify terrorism by self styled militants of JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen? Should the UN overlook the state sponsored terrorism being exported on Indian soil by " Surjewala asked on

Senior Congress echoed him and said the report was mischievous and misleading.

"We reject any such ploy to interfere in the internal affairs of India as Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Government deserves our full support to deal with the report."

Addressing reporters at the AICC headquarters, Congress leader and former also condemned the report and said the Congress party supported the stand taken by the government of India on the issue.

He also said terrorists cannot be termed militant groups fighting for their cause.

"I feel the United Nations report has been prepared without visiting the ground and I do not consider it right. The Congress supports the stand taken by the government of India... terming terrorists as militant groups and encouraging them should be rejected and condemned," he said.

The report is "not right" and should be rejected outright, he said, as he demanded strong action against terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We reject and condemn this report, which is completely uncalled for," he added.

India earlier today rejected the UN report alleging human rights violations in Kashmir as "fallacious, tendentious and motivated".

In a strong reaction, the (MEA) said the report is "overtly prejudiced" and seeks to build a "false narrative".

It violated the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, it said.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 21:55 IST