Islamabad, June 20: Pakistan has strongly condemns what it called unabated extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth by “the Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).”
“More than 110 innocent Kashmiris have been martyred by the Indian occupation forces during the past 5 months in fake encounters and so-called cordon-and-search operations. In the last two days alone,” read the Pakistan Foreign Office statement issued today. It added: “Another 8 Kashmiris have been martyred in Pulwama and Shopian.”
“The BJP leadership,” it said, “must realize that it is directly responsible for these politically-motivated, arbitrary killings of Kashmiris by the Indian security forces. The international law prohibits the arbitrary deprivation of life and extra-judicial killings. This norm is codified in every major human rights treaty and convention. No illegal Act, such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), can sanctify or provide legal cover to a crime recognized as such by international law.”
Pakistan urged the international community to take immediate cognizance of the “persistent reports of arbitrary and extra-judicial killings in IOJ&K, falsely labelled as having been the result of encounters or as having occurred in cross-fire.”
“The virtual impunity of the Indian occupation forces must end and the perpetrators must be held accountable for such heinous crimes against the Kashmiri people, ” said the statement.
It urged India to fully comply with its international legal obligations.