Updated: September 9, 2019 9:51:18 pm
Amid reports of Pakistan’s plans to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that neighbouring country has “no locus standi” on the matter.
The Congress leader said with what face will Pakistan talk about Kashmir after releasing JeM chief Masood Azhar, who is issuing threats to Indian security forces.
“Pakistan has nothing to do with whatever happens within India. Whatever happens in India is our issue. We are in the Opposition, so we can criticise the government, but we are united outside the country and will never yield even an inch to Pakistan,” Tharoor was quoted as saying by PTI.
Tharoor, however, hit out at the government over restrictions and detention of politicians in Kashmir.
Earlier in the day, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concerns over the actions by New Delhi in Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva, High Commissioner Michelle Bachele said, ““I’m deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, detention of local political leaders and activists.”
Earlier in June, the United Nations Human Rights Commission had sought an “establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir” and had asked the governments of India and Pakistan to “fully respect the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir as protected under international law”. India, however, rejected the report calling it ”fallacious, tendentious and motivated.
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