Pakistan condemns organized attacks on Pakistani troops along Pak-Afghan border

Pakistan expresses grief over demise of jailed Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai


Islamabad- Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has condemned organized attacks on Pakistani troops along the Pak-Afghan border and considers such acts as detrimental to ongoing peace and stability along the frontier.

Responding to some media queries regarding the attack on Pakistani troops in Zhob District, he said around 20 terrorists carried out the attack on the Pakistan fencing party this morning using small arms and heavy weapons, which resulted in the martyrdom of four Pakistani soldiers and serious injuries to six.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Afghanistan’s Embassy in Islamabad has been asked to convey Pakistan’s concerns to the relevant Afghan authorities to undertake effective measures against organized groups of terrorists operating from the Afghan soil follow mutually agreed protocols and SOPs and avoid recurrence of such incidents in the future.

The Government and the people of Pakistan have expressed deep grief over the demise of senior All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman Ashraf Sehrai in Indian custody.

The Foreign Office, in a statement, said the senior Kashmiri leader was arrested last year on trumped-up charges under the draconian Public Safety Act in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The statement said Ashraf Sehrai remained incarcerated in Indian jail under squalid conditions despite the serious deterioration of his health and the prevailing COVID-19 crisis.

It said India’s blatant attempts to portray the legitimate Kashmiri struggle as “terrorism,” and to prosecute its leaders through concocted cases is a clear violation of the UN Charter, UN Security Council, and UN General Assembly resolutions, and international human rights and humanitarian law.

The Foreign Office said as the COVID-19 situation in India deteriorates, we also remain deeply concerned over the health and safety of the incarcerated Kashmiri leaders as well as other innocent Kashmiris, languishing in jails at undisclosed locations. It said most of these jails are overcrowded and don’t have any provision for precautions against the COVID-19.

It said reportedly, some of the Kashmiri leaders in Indian jails have already contracted Coronavirus. The statement said unfortunately, they are not even provided any medical treatment. Given the worst pandemic situation in India, the Indian Government must immediately release the incarcerated Kashmiri leadership and all innocent Kashmiris.

The incarcerated Kashmiri leaders include Aasiya Andrabi, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Shakeel Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Zahoor Ahmed, and others.

The Foreign Office said many others are under house arrest including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

It once again called upon the United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross to urge India to drop all fabricated charges against political leaders of IIOJK and provide them complete legal protections, including the right to a free and fair trial.
It added that Pakistan, on its part, will continue to support the Kashmiri people in their rightful struggle against Indian oppression till the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolutions.

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