Foreign Secretary briefs Ambassadors of Permanent Members of Security Council and expresses serious concern over killings in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir

Islamabad, July 12, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Foreign Secretary briefed Ambassadors of the Permanent Members of the Security Council (China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and USA) over the tense situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) and expressed Pakistan’s serious concern over the brutal killings of civilians and violation of their other fundamental human rights by the Indian Security Forces.

The Foreign Secretary informed the Ambassadors that due to the excessive use of force against civilians protesting the killing of Burhan Wani, more than 30 innocent people have lost their lives and more than 350 have been injured so far. He emphasized that India should conduct a fair and transparent inquiry against the individuals responsible for these killings.

The Foreign Secretary urged the international community and particularly the Permanent Members of the Security Council to take notice of the gravity of the situation in IOK, call on India to respect human rights of the people of IOK and implement UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Foreign Secretary rejected Indian attempts to claim that the deteriorating human rights situation in IOK was an internal affair of India and emphasized the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir awaiting the implementation of the UNSC resolutions.

The Foreign Secretary said that killings of innocent Kashmiri people could not be condoned under the pretext of terrorism. He observed that the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism.

The Foreign Secretary emphasized that such inhumane and oppressive measures cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
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