Pakistan condemns UN official’s ‘comparison of Indian-occupied Kashmir with Azad Kashmir’

Pakistan’s permanent representative to United Nations objected to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein “continuously comparing Indian-occupied Kashmir with Azad Kashmir, where the masses enjoy full liberty and do not have human rights issues.”

During his update presented in the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights had said both India and Pakistan had shown reluctance to “engage with my Office on the human rights concerns I have raised in recent months” and refusal “to grant access to Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control to verify the worrying developments that continue to be reported there”.

As a result, he had said, his office has been forced to undertake “remote monitoring of the human rights situation in Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).

Replying to comments by the Human Rights Commissioner, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN said that Pakistan never had any objection to any international body visiting its side of the border and was more than willing to facilitate any such visit.

“The High Commissioner needed to base his oral update on accurate facts. Reports repeatedly highlighted that there was no parallel between Jammu Kashmir and Azad Kashmir. Pakistan outlined that contrary to the situation prevailing in Jammu Kashmir, Pakistan allowed total access for United Nations mechanisms to Azad Kashmir,” said the Pakistani representative.

In its reply, the Indian representative spoke about the merits of democracy but did not respond to the UN commissioner’s annoyance over the non-cooperation by Indian side with regard to the LoC situation monitoring.

 

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