India must throw UN report on Kashmir into dustbin

A senior Indian journalist and two of his security guards were killed in cold blood by terrorists in Kashmir on Thursday (June 14), hours after a biased and misleading UN report shocked the nation by calling terrorists operating in the valley as ‘leaders’.

The killing of Shujaat Bukhari (pictured), the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, by three gunmen revealed to the world who these so-called ‘leaders’ mentioned in the UN report are.

The report by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, called for an inquiry into alleged ‘human rights abuses’ by Indian security forces while remaining silent on the atrocities committed by these ‘leaders’ on civilians and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir over decades.

The report also does not mention the atrocities committed by a section of the population against hundreds of thousands of Hindus who were killed or driven out of their home state.

India has rightly rubbished the “fallacious” and “motivated” UN report which legitimises terrorists by calling them ‘leaders’. It noted that the “malicious” and “overtly prejudiced” report is trying to build a false narrative through selective compilation of “largely unverified information.”

The UN team is not legally permitted to visit the valley and they do not know what is actually happening on the ground. They may have prepared the report based on reports or phone talks with a section of the Indian media, political leaders, so-called ‘rights activists’, and local fringe groups having their own vested interests. This is very much evident in the 49-page report.

The report ignores cross-border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan and their links with various militant groups and gangs of stone-throwers in the valley who deny the people of Kashmir the right to lead a peaceful and normal life like people in other states.

The report ignores the fact that Kashmir is an integral part of India and no agency or individual can undermine its sovereignty and integrity. It also fails to recognise the fact that Kashmir is not a political problem but an Islamist time bomb ticking away.

Take the case of Shujaat Bukhari who spent nearly 15 years working as a correspondent for the Hindu before becoming editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir. He was an honest journalist and an advocate of peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.

His last tweet was a response to some social media user who called him “intolerant”. Bukhari wrote that he and his colleagues had “done Journalism with pride and will continue to highlight what happens on ground.”

The UN report failed to understand what was happening on ground.