ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: India has killed at least 666 Kashmiris extra-judicially in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) since its unilateral and illegal actions of August 5, 2019 including around 144 this year.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of five more innocent Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces in two separate incidents in the last two days.
These incidents include three killings during an orchestrated ‘cordon-and-search’ operation in the Nagbal area of Shopian district while last night a separate fake encounter led to the extra-judicial killing of two more Kashmiris in Sopore area of the IIOJK.
In a statement, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that in a brazen continuation of atrocities, Indian forces have once again left a trail of blood after carrying-out so-called ‘cordon-and-search’ operations in the IIOJK.
The Spokesperson said that such operations are nothing but a hideous cover-up for rounding up and gruesomely killing innocent Kashmiris. No quantum of brutality would, however, break the will, perseverance and courage of the Kashmiris, he added.
Asim Iftikhar reiterated that Pakistan calls upon India to immediately cease its systematic campaign of human rights violations in the IIOJK, abjure its policy of state-terrorism, scrap the draconian laws in place in the IIOJK, and let the Kashmiris exercise their legitimate right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolution.
“Pakistan also renews its call for an impartial investigation of the relentless killings by the Indian forces in IIOJK, as recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its Kashmir reports of 2018 and 2019,” he said.