Islamabad, August 19 (KMS): Foreign Office Spokesperson, Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, has strongly denounced the extrajudicial killing of a prisoner by Indian police in a fake encounter in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Spokesperson in a media briefing, today, said, in a blatant display of state terrorism, Indian police took a political prisoner Mohammad Ali Hussain from Kot Bhalwal Jail to Toph Arnia area in Jammu and killed him in a staged encounter. He said, the killing of Mohammad Ali Hussain under mysterious circumstances at a location far away from the prison is yet another sickening chronicle and a dastardly practice of extra-judicial killing of prisoners in fake encounters by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
He said, this is the second such extrajudicial killing of a prisoner, as earlier Zia Mustafa, from Rawlakot, was taken out of the Kot Bhalwal jail and brought to forests in Poonch by the Indian troops and subsequently killed in firing in October 2021.
The Spokesperson maintained that Pakistan also categorically rejects the deliberate Indian attempts of pre-poll rigging and overt manipulation in IIOJK. “Kashmiris themselves have also completely rejected the Modi government’s decision to allow non-Kashmiri citizens and temporary residents in IIOJK, to vote in the so-called Kashmir Assembly elections. The move reeks of a blatant attempt to undermine the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and the sinister design of turning the Muslim majority in IIOJK into a minority,” he said.
Since 2019, the Spokesperson said, the BJP led government in India has unleashed unspeakable atrocities on the innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said, over 660 Kashmiris have been martyred by Indian occupational forces, including over 145 innocent lives this year alone. “These cold blooded and blatantly unlawful acts include a ruthless policy of killing and arresting Kashmiris in fake cases, seizing their properties, and dismissing them from government jobs, with a view to suppress the ongoing freedom movement,” he added.
The Spokesperson said, we salute the spirit of the oppressed people of IIOJK and their indomitable quest for the right to self-determination guaranteed to them by the UN Security Council. The people of IIOJK stand strong in the face of brutal acts and have categorically rejected the BJP government’s illegal actions post August 2019.
We believe it is time for the international community to bring its moral force to bear with the Hindutva inspired BJP government of India today and to call for immediate halt of reprehensible state-backed violence, and to 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, the Spokesperson added.