Pak urges P-5 to take notice of Indian atrocities in Kashmir

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PM convenes special cabinet meeting on Friday

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a special cabinet meeting on Friday at Governor House Lahore to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.
The cabinet will discuss oppressive actions of Indian security forces against innocent civilians and the overall situation in Kashmir after brutal assassination of Burhan Wani.
Earlier on the direction of the prime minister, the foreign office called Indian High Commissioner and conveyed to him strong concerns of Pakistani government and people on rapidly worsening human rights situation in Kashmir and increasing oppression by the Indian security forces.
The Foreign Secretary gave briefing to the ambassadors of permanent members of UN Security Council regarding the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.
The PM will take the cabinet into confidence regarding measures to be taken in the backdrop of serious situation in the Occupied Kashmir.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary on Tuesday urged the international community particularly five Permanent Members of the Security Council (P-5) to take notice of the gravity of the situation in IOK, call on India to respect human rights of the people of IOK and implement UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. Briefing the P-5 ambassadors the Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary expressed Pakistan’s serious concern over the brutal killings of civilians and violation of their other fundamental human rights by the Indian Security Forces.
The Foreign Secretary informed the (P-5) Ambassadors including China, US, Russia, UK and France that due to the excessive use of force against civilians protesting the killing of Burhan Wani, more than 30 innocent people have lost their lives and more than 350 have been injured so far. He emphasized that India should conduct a fair and transparent inquiry against the individuals responsible for these killings.
The Foreign Secretary rejected Indian attempts to claim that the deteriorating human rights situation in IOK was an internal affair of India and emphasized the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir awaiting the implementation of the UNSC resolutions. The Foreign Secretary said that killings of innocent Kashmiri people could not be condoned under the pretext of terrorism. He observed that the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that such inhumane and oppressive measures cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

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