Islamabad, August 03, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Nafees Zakaria has expressed concern over the increase in human rights violations by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. In his weekly media briefing at the Foreign Office on Thursday, he said the human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir has been worsening by every passing day due to ever increasing atrocities by the Indian forces with impunity. He said Indian occupation forces martyred 8 Kashmiris in last six days [Shariq Ahmed Sheikh (25), Shabbir Ahmad Mir (24), Ghulam Mohammad Shah (55), Firdous Ahmad Khan, (30), Arif Nabi Dar (24) and 22-year old Akeel Ahmad Butt] in Pulwama, Kupwara and Baramulla districts.
The spokesman said over 110 people mostly young boys including over 70 with pellets and bullets were injured after Indian forces used excessive brute forces, bullets, pellets and teargas shells on defenseless Kashmiris during peaceful protests in occupied Kashmir. Government of Pakistan strongly condemns Indian brutal killing and use of brute force against peaceful Kashmiri protestors in IOK. One boy has been completely blinded due to use of pellet guns by Indian forces, he added.
Nafees Zakaria said, in its malicious tactics India continues to harass Kashmiri leaders and desperately trying to portray Kashmiri indigenous movement for self-determination as terrorism. He said world has rejected the Indian attempts. He said: “We condemn continued unlawful containment of Hurriyat Leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and the prolonged illegal detention under black law, Public Safety Act (PSA) of Massrat Alam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and other hundreds of Hurriyet leaders, activists and students.”
He deplored that Kashmiris had been denied offering Juma prayers for 5th consecutive Friday,the international Community, particularly the UN must take necessary action to address the issue. “The Government and the people of Pakistan remain committed in extending our moral, diplomatic and political support to our oppressed brothers and sisters in IoK in their just struggle against Indian illegal occupation,” he maintained.
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