Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday broke his silence and slammed the United Nations report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, dubbing it as “motivated”.
“I don’t need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it is well known to the people of Kashmir, and to the international community. I don’t think we should get too concerned about the report, some of these reports are motivated,” Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi.
The human rights record of the Indian Army is absolutely above board, he maintained.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council had released a report in which it talked about alleged human rights violations in both Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir and sought an international inquiry into these abuses.
India had vehemently rejected the report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said that the report was “overtly prejudiced” and seeks to build a “false narrative” adding that the report is a selective compilation of largely unverified information.
“The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression,” the MEA had said.
New Delhi had also lodged a strong protest with the UN, mentioning that the government is “deeply concerned that individual prejudices are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a UN institution.”
(With agency inputs)