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Pakistan denounces extra-judicial killing of Kashmiri youth

Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned Indian occupation forces’ relentless killing spree resulting in the martyrdom of four more Kashmiri youth during this week in a staged ‘cordon and search’ operation in Shopian district of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

So far, more than 576 innocent Kashmiris had been martyred by the Indian occupation forces since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press release. “The pattern of ongoing atrocities in the IIOJK, which has been intensified during the holy month of Ramazan, reflects India’s despicable policy of terrorizing the population in a bid to perpetuate its systemic persecution of the Kashmiris. The valiant Kashmiri youth are, however, resolutely committed to their just cause and no amount of brutalities can dampen their unbreakable resolve,” it was added.

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The spokesperson said Pakistan reiterated its call for investigation of extra-judicial killings in the IIOJK by the 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. “Pakistan also calls upon the international community to play its due role for a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC (United Nations Security Council) resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” the spokesperson added.

Notably, the Kashmiri youth have been a specific target of the 900,000 strong Indian military force and thousands of Kashmiri youth are living in a perpetual environment of terror, harassment and intimidation. Indian forces continue to perpetrate egregious violations of human rights in the occupied territory with shameless impunity under draconian laws such as the Public Safety Act (PSA) and Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).

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