International probe needed in IOK: Says UN Human Rights chief

Srinagar, September 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):As mass uprising in occupied Kashmir continues, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has said that an international probe is needed crucially in the occupied territory.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addressing the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that he had requested India and Pakistan to allow teams from his office to visit both sides of the Line of Control. He said that they had received reports of excessive force used against civilians on the Indian side and also of conflicting narratives from the two sides about the unrest that had seen over 80 deaths so far.

“I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two sides,” Hussein said. He maintained that while Pakistan had acceded to his request for a visit to its side, “but in tandem with a mission to the Indian side,” India was yet to do so.

India in its reply, refused to grant permission to the UN team to visit the occupied Kashmir and assess the human rights violations perpetrated by Indian police and troops in occupied Kashmir. To evade international pressure, New Delhi also blamed Pakistan for the ongoing Intifada in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has welcomed the UN Human Rights Chief’s assertion that an international probe to Kashmir is critically needed and said that the visit would help address the culture of impunity prevailing in occupied Kashmir.

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