India has been unsuccessful in combating Pakistani propaganda on Kashmir as New Delhi has failed to curb Islamabad’s effort to internationalise the Kashmir issue citing human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), in its annual report, said that Pakistan has been victorious in taking Kashmir to global platforms despite efforts to counter the propaganda.
“Pakistan’s effort to portray the Kashmir issue has received a fillip following the publication of two international reports by the office of United Nations Human Rights Commission and the British Parliaments All-Party Coordination Committee,” the MoD report for 2018-19 said.
The Ministry of Defence added, “Pakistan, with renewed intensity in 2018, choreographed a global campaign on Jammu and Kashmir via its sponsored agents by attempting to display law and order mess in Jammu and Kashmir and propagated Human Rights Violations in the Valley.
The MoD has said that the Indian Defence Forces are vigorously battling with the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs to counter propaganda on both international and national fronts.
A recent United Nations report alleged human rights violations by the Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and recommended the constitution of an inquiry commission. Discarding the findings, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs called the report “fallacious, tendentious and motivated” and questioned the intent in bringing out such a report.
“It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India,” the MEA had said in response to the report.
The MEA also said, “Pakistan is an unlawful and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state (Pakistan administered Kashmir) through aggression. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to renounce the occupied territories. The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’.”
In its annual report, the Ministry of Defence stated that in 2018, the Indian Army received 15 allegations of human rights violations from the National Human Rights Commission. “Out of these, six investigations have been completed and all of them have been found false. Balance allegations are currently under investigation,” the MoD said.
India has maintained that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism is the only cause of conflict in Kashmir. Pakistani forces promote infiltration of terrorists from across the Line of Control (LoC) who in turn recruit youth in the valley. The MoD report says that between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, 305 militants were neutralised in J&K.