India on Thursday termed UN Human Rights Body (OHCHR) report over human rights abuse in Kashmir as âbaseless and unfoundedâ.
Zeid Raâad, the UN high commissioner for Human Rights had said: âThe political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold sufferingâ¦â.
The report called for accountability for âpast and current abusesâ by all parties in Kashmir.
The human rights report has come at an embarrassing moment for India, ahead of the democracy summit called by US President Joe Biden on December 9-10.
Both India and Pakistan are invited to the virtual meet. Both governments are lambasted by the report.
The Union Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, while reacting to the allegations made in the report as âbaseless and unfoundedâ.
He said the allegations made against Indiaâs security forces in the valley are âbaselessâ, while stating that the terror of militants poses challenge to Indiaâs security and sovereignty.
He said it is for this reason India has turned its focus to eliminate the terror from the valley.
The MEA said the report ``â¦ betrays a complete lack of understanding on the part of the OHCHR of the security challenges faced by India from cross-border terrorism and its impact on the most fundamental human right âthe Right to Lifeâ of our citizens including in Jammu and Kashmir.ââ
It also said that calling the ``terrorist organisations as âarmed groupsâ demonstrates a clear bias on the part of OHCHRâ.
It also stated about âIndian democracy and its abiding commitment to promote and protect the human rights of its citizens.ââ
The government had no choice but to counter cross border terrorism, it mentioned.
âThis is obviously a reference to Pakistanâs role in promoting terror in India,â it said.
Bagchi said that tough legislations by Parliament like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, was passed to protect the sovereignty of the country and to ensure the security of its citizens.
The MEA also said that arrests and detentions are done entirely per provisions of the law.
``We urge the OHCHR to develop a better understanding of the negative impact of terrorism on human rights,â it said.