Will intensify campaign against Indian atrocities in Kashmir: Sartaj Aziz


Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor  Sartaj Aziz  Saturday said Pakistan would intensify campaign to highlight Indian “brutalities’’ in occupied Kashmir to draw the attention of the world towards the gravity of the issue.

Speaking to media, he said India has failed to suppress the voice of Kashmiris through use of force and brutal “human rights violations.’’

The advisor said Islamabad firmly believes in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and supports the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, the radio reported.

He said  Kashmir is a disputed territory and the issue can only be resolved through composite dialogue.

The statement comes days after the clashes erupted in different parts of Kashmir as the  United State’s government declared HM chief, Syed Salahudin, as a global terrorist drawing widespread reaction from the separatists here in Kashmir.  In a statement issued, the joint resistance leadership had said that the “This unjustified move by the US government to appease Government of India and their (US) silence regarding the oppression and human rights situation in Kashmir, is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir who will strongly protest against it across the valley post Friday prayers”. The statement that was issued jointly by chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference–Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq–and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said protests will also be held against the “illegal and arbitrary” arrests and detention of the separatist leaders, activists and youth and raid on homes across the Valley. The UJC, a conglomerate of over a dozen militant groups active in the valley, also called for protests after Friday prayers against the US government’s decision.

Pakistan earlier described as “completely unjustified” the US designation of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist and reiterated its political and diplomatic support for the Kashmiri people’s “right to self-determination”.

A statement issued by the foreign office a day after the US declared Salahuddin a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” said the “indigenous struggle of Kashmiris” in Jammu and Kashmir is “legitimate”.

The statement, issued in response to a question, made no reference to Pakistan-based Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council, or the US but was clearly a response to Hizb chief’s designation by the US state department ahead of a meeting between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified,” the statement said.



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