India on Wednesday raised the issue of human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir during the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Permanent Representative of India to UN, Ajit Kumar told news agency ANI that he made it very clear that J&K is an integral part of India and it represents all sections of the society, unlike PoK.
“I made it very clear that entire J&K is integral part of India, what remains is vacation of illegal territory occupied by Pakistan,” said Kumar.
During his speech before the council, Kumar also spoke about Pakistan sending terrorists across the border. “I explained in my statement the problem of Pakistan sending terrorists across borders who mingle with crowds and we’re trying to tackle that,” he said.
This comes a day after the Ministry of External Affairs rejected the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights plea to allow a team of UN officials to visit Kashmir and take stock of the ground situation. The high commissioner also requested Pakistan to grant access to PoK. Pakistan eventually agreed to the commissioner’s request on the condition that India does the same.
Rejecting the request, India contended that Kashmir and PoK are two different issues as the former is governed by a democratically elected government.
“The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is part of a pluralistic and secular democracy, where freedoms are guaranteed by an independent judiciary, an active media and a vibrant civil society. In contrast, PoK is administered by a ‘deep state’ and has become a hub for the global export of terror,” the ministry’s statement said.
The ministry also added that the high commissioner’s demand was considered by the all-party meeting before unanimously rejecting it as they felt Kashmir is an internal matter and grievances, if any, can be addressed through proper channels.