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Pakistan accuses India of continuing extra judicial killings of Kashmiris

Pakistan Accuses India of Continuing Extra Judicial Killings of Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Friday accused India of continuing “extrajudicial killings” of innocent Kashmiris, calling for impartial investigations to be carried out under international supervision.
“Extrajudicial killings in Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Indian occupation forces have also continued unabated over the past week, and ten more Kashmiris have been martyred in Pulwama and Shopian districts,” Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, said during a weekly press briefing.
“Pakistan has repeatedly called for independent investigations under international control into the extrajudicial killings of all innocent Kashmiris,” Chaudhri said.
The statement came a day after the Pakistani military said it stood in “full solidarity” with the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the right to self-determination.
He added that his country constantly insists on the need for unhindered access to UN human rights bodies, international human rights groups and the media to assess the human rights situation in Kashmir.
“We are also concerned about the continued military siege, the imprisonment of the Kashmiri leadership, the unprecedented restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of the Kashmiri people and the ongoing efforts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory, in flagrant violation of international law, in particular the 4th Geneva Convention,” he said.
India still claims its security forces are targeting militants, but Islamabad rejects this justification, claiming that Indian forces are killing innocent people fighting for the right to self-determination under UN Security Council resolutions.
Last year, the Indian military admitted in a statement that in July its soldiers in southern Kashmir exceeded their authority by killing three civilians who were not militants.
That month, three young cousins who had left home to work in Shopian were killed by the Indian military, and later on falsely branded them as militants.

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