In­dia Ready For Pak­istan Talks; UN Alarmed By Kashmir Vi­o­lence

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In­dia is ready to send its top diplo­mat to Pak­istan for talks fo­cused on fight­ing cross-border ter­ror­ism, sources at In­dia’s for­eign min­istry said on Wed­nes­day, af­ter a spike in ten­sion in the dis­puted north­ern­most re­gion of Kashmir. In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary Subrah­manyam Jais­hankar was will­ing to at­tend talks on the in­vi­ta­tion of his Pak­istani coun­ter­part, the sources said, stress­ing that cross-border ter­ror­ism was cen­tral to the sit­u­a­tion in Jammu and Kashmir state. The olive branch comes af­ter 40 days of vi­o­lent protests in In­dian-ruled Kashmir that were sparked by the killing by se­cu­rity forces of a field com­man­der of Pak­istan-based Is­lamic mil­i­tant group Hizbul Mu­jahideen who en­joyed wide sup­port. At least 64 peo­ple have died and thou­sands been in­jured in clashes with se­cu­rity forces that have been de­nounced by Pak­istan, which also claims the right to rule Jammu & Kashmir in a ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute that dates back to par­ti­tion in 1947. The In­dian sources, who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied, made it clear, how­ever, that In­dia “re­jects in their en­tirety the self-serv­ing al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion in J&K, which is an in­te­gral part of In­dia.” Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is the name of In­dia’s only Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity state that in­cludes the dis­puted Kashmir re­gion. No com­ment was im­me­di­ately avail­able from Pak­istan’s for­eign min­istry. A top UN hu­man rights of­fi­cial ex­pressed “deep re­gret” at the fail­ure of both the In­dian and Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties to grant ac­cess to the sep­a­rate parts of Kashmir that each run to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions of se­ri­ous hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions. UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein said in a state­ment is­sued in Geneva it was un­for­tu­nate that sin­cere at­tempts by the United Na­tions to in­de­pen­dently as­sess the facts in re­la­tion to re­ports of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions had failed. “With­out ac­cess, we can only fear the worst,” said Mr Al Hus­sein. Reuters

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