“PM Modi is busy in foreign trips, Defence Minister is stuck in party affairs”

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The Shiv Sena has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again by attacking him for his foreign tours saying that they had proved to be a “failure.”

In a reference to the just-released UN report on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, an editorial in Saamana, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, said that it showed that Modi’s frequent foreign trips had not yielded any positive result.

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The editorial, as reported by PTI, said, “In the last four months, over 400 people have been killed in Kashmir, maximum being the jawans. Our prime minister is busy in foreign trips, while the defence minister is stuck in party affairs.

“While it was being said that the PM’s foreign tours enhanced the country’s prestige globally, his image lies in tatters after the UN report on Kashmir.”

“This (the report) means despite the PM’s numerous foreign tours, nobody is willing to stand with India on the issue of Kashmir and we could not put forth our stand, as we should have, before the United Nations,” the newspaper said.

The Saamana editorial also slammed the BJP-led government on the deterioration of internal security and the saffron party’s failure to deliver its poll promises on Ram Temple.

“Internal security of India has become a joke. A Ram Temple is yet to be constructed in Ayodhya. Lord Ram is in ‘vanvaas’ (exile). But the country’s security is ‘Ram-bharose’ (in the hands of Lord Ram).

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also slammed the NDA government over the unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramzan and the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar, reported PTI.

The 49-page report – the first ever issued by the UN on the human rights situation in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir – details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces.

“The political dimensions of the dispute between India and Pakistan have long been centre-stage, but this is not a conflict frozen in time. It is a conflict that has robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had said.

“This is why any resolution of the political situation in Kashmir must entail a commitment to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses by all parties, and provide redress for victims,” he said.

“It is also why I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,” said Zeid.

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