Ground-level facts ignored in UN report on Kashmir: Nirmala
UN ignored the humanitarian assistance the Indian Army had been rendering to victims of terrorism in State, says Nirmala Sitharaman The 2+2 strategic dialogue with US is expected to take place in Sept, she added
INDIA on Friday rubbished as ‘baseless’ the UN report written from ‘comfort zones’ on alleged rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reacting to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres backing the call for an international probe into the alleged human rights situation in Kashmir, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it had ignored realities how the Indian Army had been exercising maximum restraint in fighting terrorists and curbing protests in Jammu and Kashmir.
She said the fact that security forces render humanitarian assistance to victims of terror in the State had also been overlooked by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in his report that was “prepared sitting somewhere else”.
“The assessment made is without basis. If only they see what is on the ground, the Indian Army has been exercising the highest restraint (shown by any Army) in dealing with terrorists, protesters in Jammu and Kashmir,” Sitharaman said here.
“It (the Army) has set up
schools, trained boys and girls for higher education, made youth
from the State to travel to the rest of India. All that has been ignored.” Asked about Guterres backing report and calling it the voice of the UN, Sitharaman said that India didn’t expect the world body Chief to respond otherwise to the report written from “comfort zones”.
The report raised the issue of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) that Hussien asserted gave security personnel “virtual impunity”.
Regarding the 2+2 strategic dialogue, which was deferred earlier this month, Sitharaman said, it expected to take place in September.
“The 2+2 dialogue with the US is to happen in the first week of September. The agenda will be to develop and strengthen strategic defence cooperation and to follow-on with what had transpired during the meeting with US Defence Secretary Jim Matti,” Sitharaman told reporters.