Pakistan calls Burhan Wani “freedom fighter”, accuses India of “state terrorism” in Kashmir


In raising the bar, Pakistan on Thursday described slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and other activists as people “fighting for freedom” and accused Indian security forces of “state terrorism. In Kashmir.

“Indian security forces are involved in state terrorism in Kashmir and the international community should take notice,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said during his weekly briefing here.

In response to a question, Zakaria described the slain Hizbul Wani commander and other activists as people “fighting for freedom”.

He said Pakistan had informed the international community, including the OIC, the P-5 and the EU, of the alleged atrocities committed by Indian forces and human rights violations in Kashmir.


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Zakaria said Pakistan’s ambassadors have been tasked with briefing host governments and human rights organizations on the matter.

He also called on the UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir, as it was up to the UN to resolve international disputes, including Kashmir.

“We want a Kashmir resolution in accordance with UN resolutions. If you (the UN) want to intervene to help resolve Kashmir, that’s your obligation, ”he said.

He said Pakistan is keen to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India through talks because war is not a solution to any problem.

“We have fought wars in Kashmir and have also been in talks but there have been no results. Thus, the international community should put pressure on India to hold talks with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir problem, ”he said.

Zakaria claimed that India was not qualified to become a permanent member of the UNSC because it constantly violated UN resolutions.

To a question, he said that the planned SAARC summit will be held in November in Islamabad.


Thelma J. Longworth

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