Responding to the comments on Jammu and Kashmir unrest by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a statement from Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights and should be so acknowledged by any impartial and objective observer.
"We note that he has received conflicting narratives on the cause for the confrontations," the statement read.
On the suggestion for a visit of a mission to both sides of the Line of Control, the statement said, "We would underline that there is no comparison between the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
"The former has a democratically elected government, while the latter has seen a Pakistani diplomat arbitrarily appointed as its head."
Unlike PoK, which is being administered by a ‘deep state’ and has become a hub for the global export of terror, the statement said that Jammu and Kashmir is part of a pluralistic and secular democracy, where freedoms are guaranteed by an independent judiciary, an active media and a vibrant civil society, the MEA statement read.
Stressing that the government is fully engaged in normalising the situation as soon as possible despite repeated cross-border terrorist infiltrations, the MEA said that, "We hope that the connection between terrorism and violation of human rights would be recognised and deliberated upon in Geneva."
Earlier in September, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had written to the UN chief for the second time in a month to intervene by sending a fact-finding mission to probe alleged human rights violations in the Valley.
First Published On : Sep 13, 2016 17:45 IST