Fri, Apr 28, 2017 | updated 04:11 AM IST

No comparison between situation in J-K, PoK: India to UN

Updated: Sep 13, 2016 16:58 IST      
No comparison between situation in J-K, PoK: India to UN

New Delhi [India], Sept. 13 (ANI): With United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein requesting both India and Pakistan to give "unconditional access" to both sides to conduct independent probes into the Kashmir and Balochistan unrest, New Delhi on Tuesday responded saying that the situation in the valley has aggravated by sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Islamabad, adding the crisis in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is different from that of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ministry of External Affair (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that the UN Commissioner has been receiving conflicting narratives on the cause for confrontations in Kashmir.

"It would be recalled that the present situation arose from the death of a self-acknowledged commander of the terrorist organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, who was wanted for several terrorist acts. It was further aggravated by sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan," Swarup said.

Asserting that terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights and should be acknowledged by any impartial and objective observer, he added the high number of casualties sustained by the Indian security forces is a reflection of the restraint they have displayed in difficult circumstances.

Talking about the suggestion for a visit of a mission to both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), Swarup emphasised that there is no comparison between the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"The former has a democratically elected Government, while the latter has seen a Pakistani diplomat arbitrarily appointed as its head," he added.

Stating that Jammu and Kashmir is part of a pluralistic and secular democracy, where freedoms are guaranteed by an independent judiciary, Swarup asserted that PoK in contrast is administered by a 'deep state' and has become a hub for the global export of terror.

"The issue of an external mission was considered by the all-party conference on 12 August, 2016, that met to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. It was unanimously felt that Indian democracy has all that is required to address legitimate grievances," Swarup stated.

Mentioning the all-party delegation that recently visited Srinagar, he added the government remains fully engaged in normalizing the situation as soon as possible.

"We hope that the connection between terrorism and violation of human rights would be recognized and deliberated upon in Geneva," Swarup added.

Addressing the Human Rights Council's thirty-third regular session earlier today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requested the governments of India and Pakistan to grant an unconditional access to both sides of the LoC.

"Namely Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir in order to conduct an independent, impartial and international assessment of the claims made by the two sides as to the cause for the confrontations and the reported large numbers of people killed and wounded," the UNHR said in a statement. (ANI)

SC's comment on Lokpal strong indictment against govt.: Cong

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 02:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday said the Supreme Court's statement on delay in implementation of the Lokpal Act is a strong indictment against the present government, adding that the Centre is not interested in its execution.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Maintaining the same stand of not receiving a contempt notice from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Art of Living (AOL) spokesperson Jaideep Nath said it is a factually incorrect statement, adding, the case should be discussed on its merits.

Full Story >>

FIR against Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra in cheating case

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:01 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Maharashtra Police on Thursday registered an FIR against Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra in a cheating case in Thane's Bhiwandi Police Station.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): People For Animals (PFA) activist Gaurav Gupta on Thursday was arrested by police in connection with assault on three cattle traders in Delhi's Kalkaji incident.

Full Story >>

Priyanka Gandhi says no link with Vadra properties

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 22:16 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday rebuffed any relation between the property she purchased in Haryana with alleged illegal acquired funds and her husband Robert Vadra's finances or Skylight Hospitality.

Full Story >>

Courageous gunner kills two Kupwara terrorists

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 21:41 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], April 27 (ANI): What stood out in Thursday's Kupwara was the splendid courage displayed by gunner Rishi Kumar.

Full Story >>

Problematic Eshwarappa still unhappy says B. S. Yeddyurappa

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 21:27 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Karnataka's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president B. S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday lashed out at senior party leader K. S. Eshwarappa for creating ruckus in the party, asserting that rebel leaders will be given an appropriate answer.

Full Story >>

Chacko, Maken reject Rahul's request to continue in posts

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 21:20 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Congress leader P.C. Chacko and Ajay Maken on Thursday rejected party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's request to continue as party in-charge and state unit chief respectively, sources said.

Full Story >>

Northeast Fiesta organised at LPU to boost northeast culture

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:55 IST     

Jalandhar (Punjab) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The-two day Northeast Fiesta organized by the Northeast students' organizations in association with MBD Neopolis in Lovely Professional University on Thursday showcased the rich culture and traditions of north eastern states and Punjab

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Engulfed with lush greenery and beautiful landscape, the Assam State Zoo is home to varied species of animals, birds and reptiles that makes it one of the eco tourism destinations.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 27 (ANI): The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in economic projects signed between India and Sri Lanka recently was to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas' model to achieve greater economic, investment and development cooperation in a progressive manner, informed Ministry Of External Affairs official spokesperson Gopal Bagley on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir here today.

Full Story >>

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Amritsar rural police on Thursday recovered fake currency worth Rs. 75 lakh and arrested six persons in this regard.

Full Story >>

Vijay Goel Interacts with Kashmiri Youth

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel today interacted with youngsters from Jammu and Kashmir in a programme named "Samvad".

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Asserting that the implementation of the Centre's Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution, Union Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu today said thye objective was to raise standards of livability and urban sustainability in these areas .

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Tasile N Zeliang would be conferred Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate Degree) by the Gauhati University in recognition of her unstinted and tireless efforts in the field of education, sports, writing and social works during the 26th convocation ceremony of the institution on April 28 here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award on Professor Sankha Ghosh here today.

Full Story >>

There are militant camps in Pakistan, says NC leader

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:07 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] Apr 27 (ANI): Senior National Conference (NC) leader Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said that there are militant camps in Pakistan.

Full Story >>

Reports of 'contempt of court notice' false: Art of Living

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:51 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 27 (ANI): The Art of Living (AOL) on Thursday denied receiving a contempt notice from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Full Story >>

IT reveals two separate actions on black money

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:38 IST     

Bikaner (Rajasthan) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Two separate actions by the Income Tax (IT) department on Thursday revealed the extent of impunity with which the Chartered Accountants (CA) operate in facilitating conversion of black money into white.

Full Story >>