Indian state terrorism crosses all bounds in IIOJK: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan said yesterday that India is overstepping all bounds of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.

Speaking at a weekly press conference here, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed reiterated Pakistan’s strongest condemnation and rejection of the dishonest condemnation and condemnation of the Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik in a highly suspicious and contrived case filed under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Indian Criminal Law. Code from 2017.

He said the Indian Chargé d’Affaires (Cd’A) in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on May 25 and told of the strong outrage of the Pakistani government over the highly reprehensible conviction of Yasin Malik after his conviction on trumped up charges, denial of a fair trial and inhumane imprisonment despite his deteriorating health, in complete disregard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The foreign minister, he said, also wrote letters to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha, informing them of the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). In particular, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his deep concern over the false conviction of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik.

“India should not harbor any illusions. Pakistan will continue to raise its voice to express its concerns and highlight the gross excesses that India continues to commit with impunity against the Kashmiri people and their political leaders in the IIOJK.

The entire nation is united in support and solidarity with the Kashmiris, as also evidenced by the unanimous resolutions passed by the joint session of parliament,” the spokesperson said.

He added, “We strongly condemn the extrajudicial execution of 4 innocent Kashmiri youths in Srinagar and Pulwama today. Earlier in the week, 4 Kashmiris were martyred during so-called cordon and search operations in Baramulla and Kupwara.

Thelma J. Longworth