NEW DELHI: Ninety-two per cent of J&K remains free of restrictions since Article 370 was rendered ineffective, India asserted on Monday to counter Pakistan’s propaganda. India’s assertion on Twitter came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet targeted it for “human rights situation” in the state.
“As many as 92% areas are restriction free… 188 out of 199 police stations are restriction-free… Right to life is the most important human right. Safety of people is the most important priority of the government,” said the official Indian tweet. “More than 400000 OPD visits, 35,000 admissions and 11,000 surgeries done since August 5.
100% landlines restored in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mobiles have been restored in most of the regions… Internet kiosks set up in all districts of Kashmir region to facilitate access to internet-based services… All schools till 10 Standard are open…,” as per the message released by India.
Showing solidarity with the government, Congress’ Shashi Tharoor attacked Pakistan over Kashmir and said the opposition parties in India stood united with PM Modi on the matter being taken to the UN.
Bachelet also raised National Register for Citizens in Assam and hit out at China for the crackdown in Hong Kong. “In relation to Kashmir, my office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the line of control. I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by… India on the human rights of Kashmiris… I have appealed particularly to India to ease the current lockdowns,” Bachelet said in her opening remarks of UNHRC session in Geneva.
On NRC, she said: “The recent National Register of Citizens verification process in…Assam has caused great uncertainty and anxiety… I appeal to the government to ensure due process during the appeals process, prevent deportation or detention and ensure people are protected from statelessness.”
Europe-based sources told ET that Bachelet was reflecting views of some EU countries. Sources further said EU Commission was getting highly politicised and there were differences between some western and central European states on issues like Kashmir.
With regard to China, she noted, “I have been disturbed by scenes of increasing violence associated with some recent protests (in Hong Kong)… I urge the authorities to continue to respond to any acts of violence with restraint, and without excessive force…”
Both Indian and Pakistani delegations will address UNHRC on Tuesday as Islamabad tries to introduce urgent debate on Kashmir.