Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat lashes out at UN over Occupied Kashmir
[image: Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. PHOTO COURTESY: INDIA TODAY]
NEW DELHI - Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said the recent report on human rights violations in Kashmir, released by the United Nations, was ‘motivated’.
Apparently trying to brush aside the serious human rights concerns raised in the report, the top Indian general tried to downplay the abuses of India forces in occupied territory by shifting blame, and termed some human rights reports ‘motivated’.
General Rawat did not specify the motivations he was talking about, and did not provide examples of ‘motivated’ reports by United Nations, which made his claims even more dubious.
“I don’t think we should get too concerned with these reports. Some of these reports [by human rights organisations] are motivated,” General Rawat said.
The general refused to speak about the Indian Army’s record of human rights. “I don’t think we need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army,” he added.
Earlier this month, the United Nations had released the first-ever report on human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and demanded an international probe into it, evoking an unusual reaction from India, which resorted to calling the document ‘fallacious and motivated’.
New Delhi had also 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.”