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Owaisi rejects UN human rights violations report on Kashmir, says it’s an internal matter of India

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has backed the Government of India and rejected the UN report on human rights violations in Kashmir, saying it was an internal matter of the country.

“This is an issue of sovereignty of our country, an issue of India. I will oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi till my last breath, but when it comes to the country, we support the government whichever party is in power,” the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member said in an address at the Mecca Masjid.

“The United Nations does not have any right to interfere in the internal matters of India and it should not interfere. The report hurts the sovereignty of the country and we stand with the Indian government in condemning and denouncing it,” he said.

The UN should first study and report the human rights violations in Palestine, he said.

The MIM chief alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party — which is ruling in Jammu and Kashmir along with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP for four years — had failed as the attacks by terrorist from Pakistan were continuing on Indian military installations while 10,000 people were forced to flee their homes in border areas due to firing by Pakistan.

Earlier, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rejected on Thursday the United Nations report documenting violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir has said that it is baseless, factually incorrect and prejudiced.

“In a country where even trees and other natural resources are revered, violation of human rights is unthinkable. The said UN seems to have concluded in a biased way without doing the homework. What they have said is totally ungrounded and BJP rejects it,” said Rajya Sabha MP and BJP national media chief Anil Baluni.

He said the whole world knows that Indian forces are locked in a fierce battle against Pakistan-sponsored terrorists. “At the same time safety and security of the innocent people of the state is also taken care of,” he added.

BJP is a Hindu nationalist party leaders of which have openly supported anti muslim rhetoric and policies in India. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister who also belongs to the party, has been alleged of a prime role in 2002 Gujarat pogrom of Muslims. Members of the RSS, the ideological wing of the BJP have played a role in the murder of Gandhi.

United Nations, in a first, had come up with a 49 page report on rights abuses in Kashmir and called for an international probe into the violation. The report called on Indian security forces “to exercise maximum restraint, and strictly abide by international standards governing the use of force when dealing with future protests”.

The report states that there is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives.

 


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