Indian state Terrorism in Occupied Kashmir – Stuggle of Kashmir people for liberation cannot be suppressed through use of brute force and human rights abuses – PM

Pakistan Urges UN to get Resolutions on Kashmir Implemented: FO

In his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said it was the UN responsibility to solve international disputes including Kashmir. He said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India through talks, as war is not a solution to any issue. He asked international community to pressurize India to hold talks with Pakistan for resolution of Kashmir issue. The spokesman said Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their right to self-determination for which they have been rendering sacrifices for decades. Foreign Office Spokesman said Pakistan is effectively taking up the issue with the international community including OIC. He said Ambassadors of EU countries and P-5 countries were briefed by the Foreign Secretary on recent atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian forces and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said Pakistan's Envoys abroad are also briefing to the respective governments and human rights organizations on the issue. Answering a question about recent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's statement, the spokesman termed such statements unhelpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan and will benefit those who do not want peace in that country.  He said Afghan leadership should refrain from issuing such kinds of statements. He said Pakistan is taking comprehensive steps against terrorism and extremism which were acknowledged by the international community.  To another question, the Spokesman said Pakistan has expressed concern that how the culprits involved in Samjhota Express incident was exonerated. He said we have asked India to share investigations into the incident with Pakistan.

UN Expresses Concern over Deteriorating Situation In Occupied Kashmir

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir. A spokesman for the UN Chief in a regular news briefing in New York said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is ready to mediate peace talks amid heightening tensions between India and Pakistan. The spokesman, responding to question said UN chief had always encouraged direct talks between India and Pakistan for the resolution of their outstanding issues. The spokesman said UN chief regretted the loss of lives in the clashes between protestors and security forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir and called for "maximum restraint." 

US Expressed Concern over the Atrocities Conduct By Indian Army In IOK

When asked if the United States still supports UN resolutions promising right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir,  the spokesman said US policy and position on Kashmir has not changed. However, he said the United States wants Pakistan and India to hold dialogue to settle the Kashmir issue.
Death Toll in Kashmir’s Ongoing Uprising Rises to 39
In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in the ongoing massacre spree unleashed by Indian troops has risen to 39 with the killing of one more youth by troops and succumbing of two other injured, today. The troops shot dead a 25-year-old youth, Hilal Ahmad, at Hanji Danter Harnag in Islamabad district while the two injured succumbed at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar. Over 2,100 people have been injured, so far. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions in the territory on the sixth consecutive day, today, to stop people from protesting against the innocent killings followed by martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani on Friday. Mobile and internet services also remained suspended.  Many people were injured when forces’ personnel resorted to brute force on protesters who defied curfew and held anti-India demonstrations in Kupwara, Islamabad and other parts of the territory, today.


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Nafees Zakaria (Spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs): 

“39 Kashmiris have been martyred so far during their peaceful protest. Pakistan strongly condemns the Indian brutalities in Kashmir valley. The people of Kashmir are struggling for the right to self-determination. Pakistan will continue political, diplomatic and moral support of Kashmiris till the achievement of right of self determination by Kashmiris. Pakistan will keep on sensitizing this issue before international community to resolve it.”

Salman Bashir (Former Foreign Secretary): 

“Kashmir dispute is the core issue in the region. International community and OIC need to play their role to resolve this issue. The brutalities on innocent unarmed Kashmiris are the violations of human rights. Pakistan’s efforts to resolve Kashmir dispute are in right direction and Prime Minister’s statement regarding Kashmir’s prevailing situation is vital. The killing of Burhan Wani in Jammu Kashmir could be the turning point in the struggle of Kashmiris for independence. International community has to play a dominant role in resolving Kashmir dispute. The statement of UN General Secretary Ban-Ki-Mon is not enough but certain measures are mandatory to resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions.”

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