New Delhi, July 13: India has hit back at the United Nations (UN) over its report which alleged that the Indian Army has indulged in human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today slammed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for supporting the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's call for an independent international investigation into the human rights situation in the valley.
Sitharaman said, “The report (on Kashmir) is prepared sitting somewhere else. The assessment made by the United Nations Human Rights Commission is without basis. If only they see what is on the ground.” Supporting the Indian Army, she said that they had shown maximum restraint while handling the protests in the valley. India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal yesterday termed the report as biased. He said, “Clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate whatsoever and relied on unverified sources of information.”
Yesterday, while responding to questions whether he supports an independent international probe into the human rights situation in Kashmir, Guterres said that all the action of the human rights high commissioner was an action that represents the voice of the UN.