Pakistan pays tribute to July 13 martyrs


Pakistan on Thursday said that killing of defenceless Kashmiris in Valley continues unabated and with impunity.

Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria during the weekly briefing in Islamabad said that the “occupation forces have martyred 6 Kashmiri youth, injured 95, detention of Hurriyat Leaders continues and offering of Juma prayers has been denied”. He, according to the Pakistan Foreign Office statement, said that height of “atrocity” is that the mourners are not allowed to attend the funerals.

“We condemn the continued grave human rights violations and heinous crimes committed against Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces. Indian forces are committing unprovoked ceasefire violations at LoC, which has martyred innocent civilians, including children, in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. We strongly condemn the deliberate targeting of civilians,” the statement quoted him as having  said.

Today, on July 13 Kashmiris are observing ‘Youm-i-Shuhdah’ to commemorate the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris in 1931. We pay tribute to Shuhada and express solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle against “Indian unlawful occupation” of their territory, Zakaria said.

He said the OIC member states have strongly condemned “state terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir”, and they have called upon India to immediately stop the “bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris”.

“The 56 Member Council of the Foreign Ministers recognized Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan and underscored that its resolution was the key to ensuring lasting peace and security in the region. The Council rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris’ indigenous movement for self-determination with terrorism,” he added.

Zakaria said that international community has expressed solidarity with Kashmiris as has been expressed across the world in the form of peaceful demonstrations across the UK, Europe and North America. “Kashmir dispute’s reflection in the UK’s Labour Party’s election manifesto, and in the 19 January debate in the House of Commons of the UK, represent increasing concern over the current unacceptable human rights situation in Kashmir.”

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