SRINAGAR: Pakistan on Tuesday said that Killing of defenseless Kashmiris in Valley continues unabated and with impunity.
Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria during the weekly briefing in Islamabad said that the “occupation forces have martyred 6 Kashmiri youth, injured 95, detention of Hurriyat Leaders continues and offering of Juma prayers has been denied”.
He, according to the Pakistan Foreign Office statement, said that height of “atrocity” is that the mourners are not allowed to attend the funerals. “We condemn the continued grave human rights violations and heinous crimes committed against Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces. Indian forces are committing unprovoked ceasefire violations at LoC, which has martyred innocent civilians, including children, in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. We strongly condemn the deliberate targeting of civilians,” the statement quoted him as having said.
Today, on July 13 Kashmiris are observing ‘Youm-i-Shuhdah’ to commemorate the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris in 1931. We pay tribute to Shuhada and express solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle against “Indian unlawful occupation” of their territory, Zakaria said.
He said the OIC member states have strongly condemned “state terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir”, and they have called upon India to immediately stop the “bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris”.
“The 56 Member Council of the Foreign Ministers recognized Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan and underscored that its resolution was the key to ensuring lasting peace and security in the region. The Council rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris’ indigenous movement for self-determination with terrorism,” he added.
Zakaria said that international community has expressed solidarity with Kashmiris as has been expressed across the world in the form of peaceful demonstrations across the UK, Europe and North America. “Kashmir dispute’s reflection in the UK’s Labour Party’s election manifesto, and in the 19 January debate in the House of Commons of the UK, represent increasing concern over the current unacceptable human rights situation in Kahsmir.”
Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir was observed today in Kashmir valley amid complete shutdown on the call of separatist.
Government imposes strict restrictions in Old Srinagar areas besides mobile internet services were also shut.
Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani is under house since 2010, JKLF chairperson was detained in central jail Srinagar. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house detention at his Nigeen residence.
However mainstream political parties paid obeisance at the martyrs graveyard at Naqshbandh Sahib Shrine in old city, but, government didn’t allow the resistance leaders to reach the martyrs graveyard.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid tributes to the martyrs of 1931, who laid down their lives fighting the autocratic rule in the state. Accompanied by senior Ministers of the ruling PDP, Chief Minister early morning, arrived at the Martyrs’ graveyard in Khawaja Bazar area of the old city. A guard of honour was presented by a contingent of the state police and floral tributes were paid.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and State Congress chief G. A Mir also paid tributes to the martyrs.
On July 13, 1931, the troops of autocratic Dogra Maharaja had martyred twenty two Kashmiris outside the central jail in Srinagar while court proceedings against Abdul Qadeer were taking place. Qadeer had called upon Kashmiris to defy the Dogra rule, resulting in his imprisonment. (PTK)