‘India trying to resolve Kashmir through barrel of the gun’

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today accused India of trying to resolve the Kashmir dispute “through the barrel of the gun”.

Asif said this in a statement on ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ which is being observed in Pakistan.

“The recent killings of 20 unarmed civilians in Indian Kashmir are again a manifestation of the Indian policy of trying to resolve the dispute through the barrel of the gun,” he said.

Indian security forces on Sunday gunned down 13 militants in three counter-insurgency operations that also claimed the lives of three Army jawans and four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The massacre carried out by the Indian occupation forces is totally unacceptable and should be unequivocally condemned by the international community and human rights community around the world,” he said.

Asif said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were being deprived of the basic right to life and self-determination.

“For the last 70 years the valiant people of Indian- occupied Jammu and Kashmir are waging a heroic struggle against Indian oppression, for the realisation of the inalienable right to self-determination which has been envisaged in the United Nations Security Council resolutions,” he said. PTI

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