Silence of World over Kashmir issue sheer apathy: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office has said that civilized world’s silence over atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir by Indian armed forces will be recorded as sheer apathy for generations to come.

During weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said that Indian occupation forces in last 5 days martyred yet another six Kashmiris in Shopian and Pulwama to suppress the indigenous self-determination movement of Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The Spokesperson said that innocent civilians in Indian Occupied Kashmir were subjected to worst atrocities at the hands of Indian occupation forces when they raised slogans in favor of Pakistan on its 70th Anniversary. He said that killing of innocent Kashmiris, illegal detention and harassment of Kashmiri leadership, destruction of Kashmiris’ properties and terrorizing of Kashmiri women continues with impunity.

Replying to a question about US designating Hizbul Mujahideen as terrorist group, the Spokesperson said that Pakistan is disappointed over this decision by the United States.

“This is unjustified, it is India that should be held accountable for its atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir (Indian Occupied Kashmir), extra judicial killings of innocent civilians, using rape as torture instrument and killings of Kashmiri children and teenagers who are fighting for their just struggle for freedom”, he emphasized.

Zakariya said that Pakistan will continue its support to Kashmir cause. “Pakistan will not leave its Kashmir brothers and sisters alone in their struggle for right to self-determination and will keep raising the issue on every international forum and for its resolve in accordance with the resolution of United Nation Security Council (UNSC).

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The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that Hurriyat leaders Yaseen Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Mussarat Alam Bhat, Fahmeeda Sofi are facing threats to their lives while indetention in Indian Occupied Kashmir. They have been deprived of life saving medicines and Shabbir Ahmad Shah has also received threats to his life in the infamous Tihar jail.

Replying to a question, he said that the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua visited Kabul on the invitation of her Afghan Counterpart Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai earlier this week for political consultations.

“Two sides discussed the important issues between the two countries including repatriation of Afghan refugees, bilateral trade and border management”, he added.

Nafees Zakariya said that the foreign secretary emphasized that peace process between the two countries is significant for the regional stability and efforts for reconciliation should not be stopped from both sides.

Responding to the Indian Premier’s Narendra Modi recent statement, the Spokesperson said that Modi’s statement is actually the endorsement of our stance but such statement should not be restricted to political rhetoric only but must be followed by some concrete actions too.

The Spokesperson strongly condemned the Quetta blast in which brave FC Personnel embraced Shahadat and paid tribute to the personnel of Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), who render the ultimate sacrifices for the protection of our country and its people.

Replying to the question, he said that  Indian involvement in terrorism in Pakistan is fact now, captured RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav’s confessional statement in which he admitted his connection with Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) is solid proof of that.

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Zakariya said that on the 70th independence day celebration, the presence of Chinese vice premier at the flag hoisting ceremony and participation of the Saudi Arabia and Turkish Air Forces in the Air Show was significant.

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