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Pakistan strongly condemns extrajudicial killings of IIOJK youth

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned the reported martyrdom of four young Kashmiris recently in the ongoing brutal campaign of extra-judicial killings in staged encounters and fake cordon and search operations by Indian Occupation Forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“India’s desperate attempts to malign the just and indigenous struggle for self-determination of Kashmiris by whipping up the “terrorism” bogey will never succeed,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a statement.

He said having failed to address the indigenous freedom struggle; India was using unabated anti- Pakistan blame game as a smokescreen for diverting world attention from India’s state-terrorism and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK.

Pakistan has repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to India’s sinister designs of staging “false flag” operations aimed at implicating Pakistan and Kashmiris, the spokesperson added.

He said while Pakistan was a peace-loving country, it would spare no effort in resolutely thwarting any aggressive designs, as was amply demonstrated by Pakistan’s response to India’s Balakot misadventure in 2019.

“Pakistan again calls upon India to halt its state-sponsored terrorism, stop human rights violations, lift the inhumane military siege and let the people of IIOJK exercise their right to self-determination as promised to them by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” he commented.

In Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have demanded an impartial investigation into all the massacres carried out by Indian troops in the territory to punish the perpetrators.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the demand has been made on the completion of 28 years to the Bijbehara massacre, wherein over 50 innocent Kashmiris were killed on this day in 1993 when the troops of Indian Border Security Force opened fire on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the Indian military siege of Srinagar’s Hazratbal Shrine.

The APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar paid rich tributes to the Bijbehara martyrs and reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the mission of their martyrs till it reached its logical conclusion.

Other Hurriyat leaders and organizations in their statements said innocent human lives will continue to be lost in the territory until the Indian troops involved in mass killings were punished.

The APHC-AJK at a prayer session held at its office in Islamabad paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Bijbehara tragedy.

Meanwhile, the occupation authorities once again disallowed people from offering Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Friday.

The occupation authorities have shut down the Internet service in different areas of the territory and seized hundreds of vehicles during a crackdown ahead of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the Valley this weekend.

On the other hand, human rights groups have documented the violence against Christians by Hindutva groups from all Indian states and released a fact-finding report titled ‘Christians under attack in India.’

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