India launching ‘brutal crackdown’ in Kashmir, says Pak PM   

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has accused India of launching a “brutal crackdown” in Kashmir after militant groups suffered a major ‘setback’ following killing of 13 militants in counter-insurgency operations.

Abbasi’s statement late last night came after Indian security forces on Sunday gunned down 13 militants in three counter-insurgency operations that also claimed the lives of three Army men and four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The brutal crackdown, including the despicable use of pellet guns on civilians who were protesting against the killing is deplorable,” Abbasi said.

He also asked the international community to urge India to allow access to fact finding missions of the UN to Kashmir.

Yesterday’s operations by the Indian security forces have rendered a severe blow to militant groups such as the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e-Taiba.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in a brief statement said today that Indian security forces cannot suppress the indigenous struggle of Kashmiris for self-determination. (PTI)

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