30th anniversary of Chotta Bazaar Massacre in IIOJK being observed today


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Today marks 30 years since the Chotta Bazaar Massacre in Srinagar in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

On June 11, 1991, the Indian occupation forces opened indiscriminate fire and killed 32 innocent Kashmiris including women and children.

However, despite repeated demands of judicial inquiry, the victims and their families are still awaiting justice.

In a statement on Friday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that India continues 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.

The Spokesperson said that the Indian 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.

“Pakistan urges the international community to hold India accountable for its grave human rights violations in the occupied territory, which warrant investigations under international scrutiny to bring the perpetrators of these serious crimes to justice,” the Spokesperson said.

Chaudhri further said that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has also in its reports of 2018 and 2019 recommended the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate gross and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK.

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