Pakistan condemns surge in killing spree of Kashmiris

Pakistan on Monday condemned the extra-judicial killing of two more Kashmiri youth in a staged cordon-and-search operation in Pulwama district of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) on Sunday.

The Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement that the martyrdom of nine Kashmiris in the last four days, including two in Anantnag, three in Baramulla district and four in Pulwama district, was highly condemnable and part of the unabated brutal campaign of oppression against the Kashmiris. “More than 609 innocent Kashmiris have so far been martyred by the Indian troops in staged encounters since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019,” he remarked.

The spokesperson said the intensified killing spree in IIOJK was a clear manifestation of India using state terrorism as a policy tool against the Kashmiris.

The Indian troops have stepped up extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris, particularly targeting Kashmiri youth, following the mala fide conviction and sentencing of Hurriyet leader Yasin Malik in a grossly suspicious and contrived case.

He said that Indian troops continue to operate with complete impunity under draconian laws such as Public Safety Act (PSA), Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

“Pakistan reiterates its call on the international community to hold India accountable for its gross and systematic violations of human rights in IIOJK. India must allow an independent investigation by a UN Commission of Inquiry as recommended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its 2018 and 2019 Kashmir Reports,” the spokesperson remarked.

He also urged the international community to play its role in facilitating a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people for durable peace and stability in South Asia.