The UN chief urges India to fully respect the human rights in Kashmir and stressed a dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Addressing a conference on climate change in the capital Islamabad, Antonio Guterres said he always been advocating the need for an enhanced dialogue between India and Pakistan and for that he offered his good office more than once.
Recalling the UN Human Rights Commission reports on Kashmir, the two reports played a very important role in clarifying the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir. So our strong commitment is clear, human rights must be respected everywhere in the world, but also in Kashmir.
The UN chief remarks came some seven months into a Jammu and Kashmir lockdown, the Indian-administered section of the disputed Kashmir region, a move widely condemned by human rights groups as well as the global Islamic community. In response to Guterres’ remarks, India’s External Ministry spokesman stated in a statement that Jammu and Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of India.
The issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. Further issues, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third party mediation.
We hope the UN Secretary General would emphasize on the imperative for Pakistan to take credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India, which threatens the most fundamental human right, the right to life, of the people of India, including in Jammu and Kashmir.
Responding to a question regarding a dispute on water between Pakistan and India, the UN chief said there is an agreement between the two countries and they should cooperate with each other.