Shopian killings aftermath: ‘Brutal crackdown’ on civilians deplorable, says Pak PM

Srinagar: Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that ‘brutal crackdown’ on civilians protesting against the killings in Shopian was deplorable, reported Geo News.

“Indian attempts to label the legitimate Kashmir struggle as terrorism cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions”.

The Pakistan premier also lamented the government for ‘stifling voices’ of the valley by shutting down the internet.

Radio Pakistan quoted the Pak PM as saying that the ‘brutal crackdown’ including the use of pellet guns on civilians who were protesting against the killings, is deplorable.

Abbasi while addressing the international community said that India should be pressurised to allow access to fact finding missions to Jammu and Kashmir.

13 militants, three civilians, three armed forces were killed in three gunfights in Shopian and Anantnag districts yesterday. Over 200 people were injured in the clashes.

The entire valley is observing a complete shutdown against the killings.

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