India trying to resolve Kashmir through the barrel of gun: Asif
Islamabad, April 06: Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed, today, across the Pakistan to condemn the recent killings in occupied Kashmir and to express support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination.
The decision to observe the Solidarity Day was taken by the Federal Cabinet at its meeting held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi following the killing of innocent 18 people by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir on Sunday.
Different programmes including rallies, demonstrations and walks were held across the country and in different parts of the world by Pakistanis and Kashmiris to draw the attention of the international community towards the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and to highlight the need for peaceful resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute.
The Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in a statement on ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ said that India is trying to resolve the Kashmir dispute through the barrel of the gun.
“The recent killings of 20 unarmed civilians in occupied Kashmir are again a manifestation of the Indian policy of trying to resolve the dispute through the barrel of the gun,” he said.
Indian forces forces on Sunday gunned down 13 militants in three anti-rebel operations that also claimed the lives of four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir. “The massacre carried out by the Indian occupation forces is totally unacceptable and should be unequivocally condemned by the international community and human rights community around the world,” he said.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Faisal during his media briefing said that the ongoing Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir show Indian belligerent mindset and frustration.
He said that India wrongly thought that the continued slaughter in Kashmir would crush the indigenous movement. He said in complete solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir, Friday observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day in Islamabad and Pakistan Missions abroad. He said Pakistan has never been reluctant to go for dialogue with India; it is Indian attitude that has halted the dialogue process.
Replying to a question he said, Kashmiris around the world are expecting justice from the United Nations and other international human rights bodies.
“During last week, our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have been subjected to extreme brutality and human rights violations by Indian occupation forces where they have martyred more than twenty people,” he added.
He informed that over 300 defenseless Kashmiris, including young people were injured by bullets and pellets guns, while 41 persons face vision loss with partial or complete blindness, due to pellets fired on them by Indian occupation forces.
He said Pakistan has always raised Kashmir dispute on every diplomatic and international forum. It has always reaffirmed its commitment and unconditional support to its Kashmir brethren, Dr Faisal said.
In Azad Kashmir, rallies and programs were also held to condemn the killing of 17 people in south Kashmir by Indian forces.
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