Pakistan condemns extra-judicial killing of four more Kashmiri youth in IOJK

Islamabad, April 16 (KMS): Pakistan has strongly condemned Indian forces’ relentless killing spree resulting in the martyrdom of four more Kashmiri youth during this week in staged ‘cordon and search’ operation in Shopian district of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement in Islamabad said more than 576 innocent Kashmiris have, so far, been martyred by the Indian forces since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019.

Notably, 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), the statement said.

The pattern of ongoing atrocities in IIOJK, which has been intensified during the holy month of Ramzan, reflects India’s despicable policy of terrorizing the population 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, the statement added.

Pakistan reiterates its call for investigation of extrajudicial killings in 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 resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson statement added.