In its desperate attempt to internationalise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan on Tuesday submitted a 115-page "dossier" to the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), which contained wild and unsubstantiated allegations about the situation there.
In the document, 35 pages have been devoted to history and the current situation in Kashmir, which Pakistan itself admits is based on "scantily available information". The rest 80 pages, in the form of an annexure, contain photographs of some funerals, protests and apprehension of separatist leaders like Yasin Malik.
The annexure also has some list of "innocent" people, which Pakistan claims were killed. It, however, does not specify how they were killed and whether they were victims of terrorists.
It also attempts to mask its interference in Kashmir, including sponsoring and nurturing of terrorism, by claiming that India has blamed groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba for attacks but "never provided concrete evidence". This flies in the face of facts as India has given several dossiers to Pakistan, detailing evidence, particularly after the attacks on Parliament in 2001 and in Mumbai in 2008.
To target the Indian government, the dossier cites critical comments made by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, former member of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) Jean Dreze, Left activist Kavita Krishnan and author Arundhati Roy.
"This humble compilation based on scantily available information from IOJK till 25 August 2019 merits widest circulation leading to a strong global pressure on the Government of India to abide by United Nations Security Council Resolutions and fulfilling its own decades-old promises such as, made by India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in January 1952," the Pakistani document says.
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