Srinagar: Pakistan has appealed the international community to come forward and stop the “ruthless killings of Kashmiris”.
In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz condemned the killing of 12 Kashmiri youths by Indian forces since Friday and said three of them had been killed “extra-judicially”.
Highlighting the ‘gravity of the situation’ in the region, he urged the international community — particularly the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and human rights organisations — to call upon India to immediately stop the “ruthless killings of defenceless Kashmiris”.
Two Hizb ul Mujahideen militants including Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and Faizan Muzaffar Bhat died fighting armed forces in Saimoo village of Tral in Pulwama district on Saturday while as Indian army claimed that it killed six suspected militants in Rampur sector along LoC in Kashmir region that morning.
He pointed out that India had placed restrictions on social and other media in an effort to stop them from covering the “brutalities being perpetrated” in the region. Despite the blackout, however, “the atrocities were being reported by the Indian and international media”, he said.
“India has been heightening tensions along the LoC in order to hide the crimes it has been committing against innocent Kashmiris with impunity,” Aziz said.
He expressed grave concerns over the frequent ceasefire violations “by Indian forces” along the LoC and the targeting of innocent Kashmiris in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).
“In their desperation to hide the reality of the indigenous uprising of young Kashmiris, including by tens of thousands of girls and boys,” he said, “India was trying to equate it with terrorism.”