UN report on Kashmir: Cong. backs govt. stand

‘It has been prepared without understanding the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir’

Updated - December 01, 2021 06:01 am IST

Published - June 14, 2018 11:02 pm IST - New Delhi

The Congress on Thursday supported the government’s stand in dismissing the U.N. report on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, terming it a “prejudiced attempt” by vested interests to hurt India’s sovereignty and national interests.

Condemning the United Nations report, the opposition party said it needed to be junked as it had not taken into account the ground realities in Kashmir and had encouraged terrorists by terming them militant groups.

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

“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India. We reject U.N. 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.

The UNHRC, the Congress leader said, prepared the report remotely with zero understanding of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“How does the report justify terrorism by self-styled militants of JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen? Should the U.N. overlook the state-sponsored terrorism being exported on Indian soil by Pakistan?” Mr. Surjewala asked on Twitter.

‘Report mischievous’

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel 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. The Government deserves our full support .”

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