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Pakistan condemns ‘extra-judicial killing’ of three Kashmiris in IIOJK

A file photo of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday “strongly condemned” the “extra-judicial killing of three more Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces” in the Shopian area of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“Pakistan strongly condemns extra-judicial killing of three more Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces in Shopian, in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) yesterday. The Indian occupation forces have martyred at least 40 Kashmiris in fake encounters and so-called “cordon and search operations” since 1 October 2021,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad.

The spokesperson noted that the “military crackdown and extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and staged operations” in the occupied territory was a reflection of the “extremist anti-Muslim designs of the ‘Hindutva’ inspired extremist BJP-RSS combine in India”.

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“Persisting with their callous behavior and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, the Indian occupation forces are also refusing to hand over the mortal remains of the martyred Kashmiris to their families,” said the FO.

Pakistan also condemned India’s move of denying the Muslims in IIOJK the right to offer Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar for the “last several weeks”.

“Pakistan calls on the international community to take immediate notice of India’s state-terrorism in IIOJK. India’s ongoing, systematic and widespread human rights violations in IIOJK warrant investigation by a UN Commission of Inquiry, as recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its reports of 2018 and 2019,” said Ahmad.

India kills three alleged terrorists

The FO statement came a day after India claimed that it had killed three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were in an alleged encounter in Shopian, reported NDTV.

The Indian TV channel reported that the terrorists were killed when an alleged “cordon and search operation” turned into an “encounter” after the alleged terrorists opened fire on the security forces.

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The Indian police have identified the alleged terrorists as Amir Hussain, Rayees Ahmad, and Haseeb Yousuf. It claimed that the three men were part of groups allegedly involved in several terror crime cases.

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