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Pakistan welcomes UN report on Kashmir, cautions rights body against comparisons with PaK

Pakistan has welcomed the new United Nations report on the situation in Kashmir, which for the second consecutive year called for setting up of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) for investigating human rights abuses being perpetrated by government forces in the valley.

On Monday the United Nations in a report said that neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the the numerous concerns raised in an earlier report by the rights body.

The UN human rights report on the situation in Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019, said the number of civilian casualties reported over the 12-month period may be the highest in over a decade.

Pakistan while welcoming the report cautioned the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) against comparing the situation in Kashmir with Pakistan administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

“We again welcome the OHCHR’s recommendation for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate the gross and systematic human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir,” the Foreign office of Pakistan said in its reaction to the OHCHR report, whose launch coincided with the third death anniversary of Burhan Wani.

This second OHCHR report specifically notes the sharp aggravation in the situation after the Feb 14 attack on Indian paramilitary forces in Pulwama that had led to a military stand-off between Pakistan and India. It said that post-Pulwama situation continues to impact the rights of the Kashmiris, including the right to life.

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