Pakistan rejects India's claim over Held Kashmir

India protests amendments to interim Constitution of Pakistan-occupied territory in J&K

Pakistan rejects India's claim over Held Kashmir

The verdant Kashmir valley, nestled below snow-capped Himalayan peaks, has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the time of independence and Pakistan's creation, and its border is one of the most heavily militarized in the world.

It also sought an worldwide inquiry into these abuses.

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent global investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid.

The UN report, which is particularly critical of India, highlights "chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces".

"Our protest and views in the matter have been conveyed unequivocally to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights".

The rights office also said that restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly made it hard to obtain information about conditions in AJK.

"It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent global investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir", said Zeid. There are no entities such as "Azad Jammu and Kashmir" and "Gilgit-Baltistan".

"The Indian claim has no legal basis and continues to be contradicted by the situation on ground over the last seven decades", Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

The UN human rights body chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has called for an investigation into "all civilian killings since July 2016" and also into "the excessive use of force by security forces including serious injuries caused by the use of pellet guns immediately". "Government deserves our full support to deal with the report". He further added, we don't comment on reports written by people who don't know about the subject.

The UN Human Rights Office - which, despite repeated requests to both India and Pakistan over the past two years, has not been given unconditional access to either side of the Line of Control - undertook remote monitoring to produce the report, which covers both Indian administered Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir. "We reject and condemn this report, which is completely uncalled for", he added.

The rights office raised particular concern over the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, in place in Indian-administered Kashmir since 1990, which prevents soldiers from facing prosecution without the consent of the central government. The ministry of external affairs (MEA) strongly reacted to the report. and called it "overtly prejudice" and seeks to build a "false narrative".

The MEA further stated "it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as "armed groups" and terrorists as "leaders". This undermines the United Nations -led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism". "They should also end the use of repressive laws and respect the right of all people to peacefully express their opinions", said Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India.

Pakistan said the United Nation's Report has "rightly" called for a final political solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through meaningful dialogue.

The sections of the PaK interim constitution that limit the rights to freedoms of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly and association should be amended.

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