Pakistan says Kashmiris have started ‘landmark independence movement’

Pakistan says Kashmiris have started ‘landmark independence movement’

SRINAGAR: Pakistan prime minister’ advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Friday said that Pakistan would continue to extend its “moral, political and diplomatic support” to the people of Kashmir who have “started a landmark independence movement”.
According to a Radio Pakistan report, he said that the people of Kashmir, particularly the youths, “have started a landmark independence movement”.
“Pakistan would use every forum to highlight the Indian human rights violations and atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris, who were fighting for their just right of self-determination,” he said.
Aziz said that Kashmir was witnessing a “mass civil uprising” and at least 73 civilians have been killed while “over 10,000” civilians have been injured in forces action.
The statement comes a day after Pakistan’s prime minister wrote a second letter to United Nations for its intervention in Kashmir. It was his second such attempt in less than a month.
Since the anti-India uprising started in Kashmir on July 8, Pakistan has been proactive in highlighting the Kashmir’s human rights situation in the world.
The efforts of the country have infuriated India, which has been trying to raise Balochistan issue at its diplomatic counter to Pakistan.  The two countries are in the midst of a heightening war of words ever since.
Pakistan also sent a formal invitation to India for discussion on Kashmir, but the latter turned down the offer.
India, on its part, was adamant in maintaining that Kashmir issue didn’t require any dialogue with Pakistan, and that only issue to be resolved was the control of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and ‘cross-border terrorism’.

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