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(2017-05-27) Foreign Affairs Adviser, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, strongly condemned killing of 12 Kashmiri youth in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir since yesterday by the Indian forces in Pulwama and Baramulla. Three of them were martyred extra-judicially as has been done on numerous occasions in the recent past.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the Adviser urged the International Community, particularly the UN, OIC, P-5 Members and Human Rights Organizations, to call upon India to immediately stop the ruthless killing of defenceless Kashmiris in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

India has banned the social, electronic and print media to prevent reports of brutalities against Kashmiris from reaching the outside world. Despite this media blackout, the atrocities being committed in IoK are being reported in Indian and international media. These brutalities are also being increasingly criticized in many parliaments around the world, Adviser underscored.

India has been heightening tension at the LoC to hide these crimes against the innocent Kashmiris being perpetrated with impunity,’ Mr. Sartaj Aziz further said. He expressed grave concern at the constant ceasefire violations by Indian forces at LoC and the targeting of innocent Kashmiris in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

In their desperation to hide the reality of the indigenous uprising of young Kashmiris, including by tens of thousands of girls and boys, India is trying to equate it with terrorism. The facts have repeatedly come out proving that indigenous Kashmiris were killed by Indian occupation forces in ‘fake encounters’ and ‘buried’, claiming them to be ‘infiltrators’ from across LoC, the Adviser reminded.

In its latest effort to discredit the Kashmiri indigenous movement and justify its massive military action to wipe out Kashmiris, it is now bringing in the bogey of Daesh’s presence in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

Also India’s plan to gradually change the demography of the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir to convert the majority Kashmiri into minority territory has been brought to the attention of the United Nations Security Council. The UNSC President has circulated Adviser’s letter in this regard.

How many more Kashmiris would India kill so mercilessly? If India thinks, Mr. Sartaj Aziz said, that by killing more and more Kashmiri youth India would suppress the Kashmiris movement for their right of self determination, it has not learnt any lessons from history.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz reaffirmed the Government and the people of Pakistan’s unflinching support for their Kashmiri brethren in IoK in their just struggle for the right to self-determination as promised to them in the relevant UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Kashmir.

27 May 2017

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