New Delhi: After Pakistan’s repeated entreaty to the United Nations Human Rights Council to assess the situation inside Jammu and Kashmir, the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday asked India to provide them access to the Valley. However, India turned down the request.

Saying that the UN needed access to both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that he was waiting for India’s reply to the request.

The Ministry of External Affairs, however, rejected the overture and said, “It was unanimously felt that the Indian democracy has all that is required to address legitimate grievances.”

The ministry said that the question of an external mission was considered by the all-party conference on August 12.

“The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is part of a pluralistic and secular democracy, where freedoms are guaranteed by an independent judiciary, an active media and a vibrant civil society. In contrast, PoK is administered by a ‘deep state’ and has become a hub for the global export of terror,” the statement by the ministry said, countering the contentious claim that J&K and PoK were one and the same thing.                                  

“The present situation arose from the death of a self-acknowledged commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen who was wanted for several terrorist acts. It was further aggravated by sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights and should be so acknowledged by any impartial and objective observer,” the ministry said.

Kashmir is witnessing violent unrests after the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani.