Minorities being terrorized by RSS affiliates in India: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office has said that the International Community remains deeply concerned how minorities have been terrorized by the proponents of Hindutva (RSS affiliates) in India.


In his opening remarks at the weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that minorities including Muslims Christians and Dalits have been lynched for trading, consuming or even transporting beef.

The Spokesman said that dozens of killings of Muslims and other minorities across the length and breadth of India have gone down annuls of the history.

Zakaria further said that in the overall context of terrorism in South Asia, there are hard and undeniable facts which clearly identify the state actors of our eastern neighbor, perpetrating and financing terrorism and using their own and other countries’ soil against Pakistan.

Talking about Kashmir issue, Zakaria said that unable to deter the indigenous movement for self-determination in Occupied Kashmir, India has resorted to tactics of harassing relatives of the Hurriyat Leaders and meting out inhuman treatment to the Kashmiri Leaders.

“We have been sensitizing the Int’l Community as well as the UN and other relevant quarters on the grave human rights situation in IoK and unending bloodshed of Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces,” Zakaria said.

The Foreign Office Spokesman said that grave human right violations of innocent and defenceless Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces are unprecedented in recent history. He said that the oppressed Kashmiris are being brutalized by Indian occupation forces for seven decades, taking a toll of over a million Kashmiris.

The Spokesman said that since July 8 last year alone, hundreds of Kashmiris have been mercilessly killed, over 8,000 are victims of pellet guns with many hundred youth blinded either completely or partially, 19,000 have been wounded many with life threatening injuries, over 18,000 arrested with their fate remaining unknown, and around a thousand cases of molestation of Kashmiri women have been reported.

Nafees Zakaria said that among many other repressive measures, rape has also been used by Indian forces and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a tool to terrorize Kashmiri women.

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