Pak asks India to investigate custodial death of Kashmiri leader Altaf Shah

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Pakistan Friday asked the Indian government to immediately investigate the custodial death of Kashmiri leader Altaf Ahmed Shah and hold to account all those responsible for the tragedy.

Speaking at the weekly press briefing here, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said, “We are deeply saddened at the inhuman custodial death of Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmed Shah, who remained imprisoned in the infamous Tihar Jail for the last five years.”

The Indian Charge d’ Affaires in Islamabad was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed Pakistan’s strong protest over the death of Mr. Shah caused by Indian government’s willful and deliberate negligence, and utter disregard for human rights, which was part of India’s systematic campaign to suppress and brutalize the Hurriyat leaders and the Kashmiris, he added.

He said, “Pakistan strongly condemns the extra-judicial killing of two more Kashmiris in fresh acts of state-sponsored terrorism by Indian occupation forces in IIOJK.”

The latest incidents of violence and hostility perpetrated by Hindutva extremists against Muslims in India, during the recent Hindu festivals were a matter of grave concern, the spokesperson noted.

“This is yet another manifestation of the growing ‘saffron terror’ that has deeply permeated the Indian society.”

He said, “We call upon the international community to hold India accountable for its crimes against humanity in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir and to take cognizance of the rapidly deteriorating situation of Islamophobia in India and the resultant threat to the safety and security and well being of its Muslim citizens and other minorities. “

He said the Pakistan government rejected the Indian Prime Minister’s remarks about IIOJK during a public rally in Gujarat.

“The Indian Prime Minister’s farcical contention that he has, somehow, “resolved the Kashmir issue”, is not only false and misleading but also reflects how oblivious the Indian leadership has become of the ground realities in IIOJK.”

He pointed out that Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute that had been on the agenda of the United Nations for over seven decades.

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