Pakistan condemns ‘extra-judicial killings’ of four Kashmiris in IIOJK

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Islamabad: Following the heinous “extra-judicial killings” of four more Kashmiris in the new act of “state-sponsored” terrorism by the Indian forces in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has offered a strong condemnation and called the international community for an investigation into the killings by “an Independent Commission of Inquiry as recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its Kashmir reports of 2018 and 2019”.

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019, more than 636 Kashmiris embraced martyrdom in fake “encounters” and so-called “cordon-and-search operations”.

“This year alone, 113 extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris have been recorded,” the statement said.

Referring to the rise of religiously-inspired attacks against Muslims in India, the ministry said that the intensified military crackdown and the rising numbers of extra-judicial killings in IIOJK were part of the extremist anti-Muslim designs of the “Hindutva” inspired BJP-RSS combined in India.

“India must realize that [the] use of brutal force against the Kashmiri people, extra-judicial killings, custodial torture [and] deaths, forced disappearances, incarceration of Kashmiri leadership [and] youth, and other methods of subjugation have failed in the past and will not succeed in the future. Through a Dossier unveiled last year, Pakistan has provided to the world incontrovertible evidence of the gross and systemic oppression and human rights violations by the Indian occupation forces in the IIOJK.”

Reiterating Pakistan’s stance on the issue, the spokesperson urged “the international community to hold India responsible for its brazen suppression of innocent Kashmiris and play its due role in ensuring a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

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