Pakistan condemns extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris in IIOJK


Pakistan has strongly condemned India’s continued campaign of extra-judicial killings claiming lives of seven more innocent Kashmiris.

In a press release on Saturday, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said it is deeply worrying that in the past one week, Indian forces have blatantly carried out a series of extra-judicial murders with impunity on a daily basis.

In one incident near Kupwara on 25 of last month, two innocent Kashmiris were mercilessly killed by Indian occupation forces. In another brutal encounter that occurred after a so-called ‘cordon and search’ operation in Kulgam district on 26 of the last month, one more innocent Kashmiri was killed in cold blood.

In yet another incident that took place in Kulgam district on 27 of September, two more innocent Kashmiris were shot dead under the facade of a police encounter. Even yesterday, two innocent Kashmiris were targeted and killed in a staged encounter in Baramulla.

The spokesperson said the stage-managed encounters enacted after every so-called cordon and search operation and resulting in the extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris, openly desecrate the basic tenets of law and justice and defy the fundamental human rights and liberties of the innocent Kashmiri people.

Since its unilateral and illegal actions of August 5, 2019, Indian Occupation Forces have murdered more than 678 Kashmiris, including at least 158 this year.

He said Pakistan reiterates its call for the investigation of extra-judicial killings in IIOJK by the Commission of Inquiry as recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in its Kashmir Reports of 2018 and 2019.

Pakistan also urges the international community to hold India responsible for its brazen persecution of the 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.

Source: Radio Pakistan