India today rejected a request by the United Nations’ human rights chief for a visit to gather information on the disputed territory of Kashmir, where security forces have been accused of using excessive violence in trying to quell unrest. Zeid Raad Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, called for “access that is unconditional to both sides of the Line of Control,” the boundary between India and Pakistan that runs through Kashmir. Speaking to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Hussein said his request was granted by Pakistan, which accuses Indian forces of human rights violations in the Himalayan territory that the countries have skirmished over for seven decades. Hussein said “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 that International probe into killings in occupied Kashmir is a must now. New Delhi swiftly responded that an external inquiry was unnecessary and that it was “fully engaged in normalizing the situation as soon as possible.

Pakistan has demanded United Nations to play its significant role to stop gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Indian refusal to permit United Nations High Commission on Human Rights to send its fact-finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir proves that India is trying to hide facts regarding human rights violations in the valley.
The spokesperson said that closing of Amnesty International offices, refusal of the fact-finding mission of UNHCHR and no reply to the proposal of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's fact-finding mission, simply proves that India is trying to blackout the facts in the occupied valley. Meanwhile, Indian government has deployed an entire brigade nearly four thousand additional troops to stop the people's movement for freedom and protests in Occupied Kashmir.
On the other side, the joint Hurriyet leadership has extended the common protest programme till Friday.

Host: Ali Naseer

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