Pakistan concerned over “relentless killings” by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir

Source:  ARY News Published in Foreign Affairs on Thursday, July 5, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has voiced serious concern over the “relentless killing, maiming, unlawful arrests and torture” by India against the innocent civilians in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir and pointed that in June alone 33 people have been killed by the Indian Army.

The Foreign Office spokesman reiterated the demand for immediate establishment of Commission of Inquiry to assess the Human Rights situation in the region and said the reign of terror against the Kashmiris has become a matter of routine.

He said the recommendations of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) need to be implemented without delay.

“We urge the international community to call India to account for its grave human rights violations in IoK,” the Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters here at the Foreign Office at the weekly briefing.

He said the Indian occupation forces continue to kill innocent defenseless Kashmiris with impunity. He said in June thirty – three (33) Kashmiris were martyred and at least 236 injured.

Out of these, 7 youth were killed in a fake encounter in Kupwara. Faisal said those martyred included three widowed women and four children.

He said the last week was equally traumatic and tragic for Kashmiris in IoK and said the bloodthirsty Indian army and paramilitary forces killed 14-years young boy, Faizan Ahmad Khan. He said the event was all the more tragic as the hospital doctor who declared Faizan dead happened to be Faizan’s own father.

He said the injured suffered fatal and serious injuries due to indiscriminate brute force including firing of bullets, pellets, PAVA and teargas shells by Indian occupation forces. Over 176 people, including Hurriyat activists and students were arrested last month during house raids and crackdown operations, the spokesman pointed.

“It is time for the international community to move beyond political and economic expediencies and fulfill its promises to the Kashmiri people, as per United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” the spokesman said.

Mohammad Faisal said the UN Report had categorically focused on the Indian atrocities in IoK and explicitly underscored India’s obligation to fulfill its commitment to International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, as well as, to halt the human sufferings in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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