On a day that India issued a strong response at the United Nations over the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' 'first-ever' report on Kashmir, terming it fallacious and motivated, Republic TV has obtained visuals from just hours after the report came out that show Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the company of radical separatists and a Pakistan lobby that stood to gain the most from such a report.
(UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - fourth from left - in the company of radical separatists and an ISI-backed lobby)
Among those posing with him are Faiz Naqushbandi of the All Party Hurriyat Conference in Pakistan, Sardar Amjad Yousaf, Altaf Hussain and Ghulam Hassan. As per sources, all the people visible with the UNHRC High Commissioner are working closely with Pakistan's ISI and its lobby groups in the UNHRC in Geneva. The sources add that the Pakistan ISI was strongly lobbying for the United Nations report on Kashmir in order to tarnish India's image.
Earlier, India had issued a strongly-worded statement at the United Nations in Geneva over the Kashmir report.
Among other things, India said that the "selective compilation of largely unverified information, aimed at promoting a false narrative, distorts the truth", "legitimises terrorism by referring to UN designated terrorist entities as armed groups", and that "the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India; Pakistan is in forcible and illegal occupation of a part of the Indian state".
On June 14, the day that the report had come out, India had reacted sharply, terming it as "fallacious, tendentious and motivated", and lodged a strong protest with the United Nations, saying the government is "deeply concerned that individual prejudices are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a UN institution."
"The report violates India's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a strongly-worded statement.
The 49-page report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is titled:
"Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan".
The report states that it is not based on any on-ground assessment and is instead based on "remote monitoring". It cites a number of publications and reports in India and also states that such quality and quantity of information wasn't available in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir:
"The quantity and quality of information available on Indian-Administered Kashmir contrasts significantly to Pakistan-Administered Kashmir. Despite challenges, NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists are able to operate in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, generating documentation on the ongoing human rights violations there. Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, opinion, peaceful assembly and association in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan have limited the ability of observers, including OHCHR, to assess the human rights situation there. Nevertheless, OHCHR used the information that is available to address the human rights violations occurring in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan."
The report, which tries to give an impression that it is balanced in its assessment of the situation in Kashmir, appears on closer inspection to be fatally biased against India. In a series of omissions and lapses, the report refuses to cite Pakistan-based outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba as terrorist groups, makes no mention of Pakistan initiating the Kargil War, and doesn't appropriately address its own concession that: "Despite the Government of Pakistan's assertions of denial of any support to these groups, experts believe that Pakistan's military continues to support their operations across the Line of Control in Indian-Administered Kashmir".
Pakistan welcomed the report, citing it as vindication, with all the various claimants to being the rightful administration in the country, including terrorists, hailing it.