India continues to brutalize the defenceless Kashmiris in IIOJK: FO

Pakistan urges int’l community to hold India accountable for grave HR violations

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ISLAMABAD- Pakistan on Friday urged the international community to hold India accountable for its grave human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), saying the situation “warranted investigations under international scrutiny”.

The Foreign Office in a statement pointed that India continued to brutalize the defenceless Kashmiris in IIOJK through extra-judicial killings in fake “encounters” and staged “cordon-and-search” operations, custodial torture and imposition of collective punishment.

”These atrocities cannot break the will of the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for the inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions,” the statement read.

The statement was issued in connection with Srinagar’s Chotta Bazaar Massacre in Srinagar in IIOJK 30, where the Indian occupation on June 11, 1991 forces opened indiscriminate fire and killed 32 innocent Kashmiris including women and children.

“Despite repeated demands of judicial inquiry, the victims and their families are still awaiting justice,” the FO stressed

The statement mentioned that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its reports of 2018 and 2019 had recommended the establishment of Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate gross and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK.

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said that India witnessed a single Jalian Wala Bagh incident whereas the freedom movement of Kashmir carries in its lap scores of such incidents of bloodshed at the hands of Indian troops.

The APHC spokesman and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Chotta Bazaar, Srinagar, on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service said the gory incident in Chotta Bazaar is one of the bloodiest massacres carried out by Indian troops in IIOJK.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said no power on earth can defeat the Kashmiris’ resistance movement, which has been nourished by the Kashmiris with their blood.

He urged the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to take cognizance of the genocide of the innocent people of Kashmir at the hands of Indian troops.

Meanwhile,The Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian leader, Agha Muntazir Mahdi, telephonically addressing from Srinagar a webinar organized under the auspices of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, urged the civil societies of Pakistan and India to play their role in bringing the two countries closer.

The APHC incharge Human Rights Bureau, Zamruda Habib in a statement in Srinagar sought the attention of the civilized world towards the state of vulnerability of Muslim population besieged by more than one million Indian troops.

Other Hurriyat leaders and organizations, in their statements said India is working on fast track to translate its colonial designs into reality by changing the demographic composition of the territory.

 

They urged the United Nations to take stern action against war crimes committed by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, posters remembering the June 1991 martyrs of Chotta Bazar have again appeared in Srinagar and other areas of the Kashmir valley, vowed that struggle for freedom would continue till the implementation of the UN resolutions.

In an attempt to divert the attention of the Kashmiri youth from ongoing freedom movement, the Indian Army has planned to launch a radio station in Shopian district.

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