ISLAMABAD, 03 July: Pakistan has strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of a 17-year-old innocent Kashmiri Zakir Bashir by the occupation forces in the Kulgam district of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), on Friday.
The Foreign Office(FO) spokesperson said in a media statement, “Reportedly, the teenage cricketer was brutally tortured by the Indian occupation forces before being shot dead. The extra-judicial killings, torture in custody, enforced disappearances, and incarcerations have become a norm in IIOJK to suppress the Kashmiris.”
“During this year alone, the Indian occupation forces have extra-judicially killed 57 innocent Kashmiris; arbitrarily detained and arrested 350 Kashmiris, and destroyed 58 houses of the Kashmiri people.”
“India’s gross and systematic human rights violations in IIOJK warrant investigation by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI), as recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its reports of 2018 and 2019.”
The spokesperson said India must realize that no amount of brutalization can subjugate the Kashmiris nor break their will in their struggle for the right to self-determination.
“We urge the international community to fulfil its obligation of protecting defenceless Kashmiris against the egregious human rights violations in IIOJK and hold India accountable for its serious crimes against humanity,” said FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.
The country’s top security officials including ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed briefed parliamentarians on matters related to the Kashmir dispute, the Afghan peace process, and other crucial issues.
According to a statement issued by the Information Ministry, “a special in-camera session of Parliamentary Defence Committee on National Security was held at the Parliament House in Islamabad with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.”
The high-level huddle is being attended by Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and other parliamentary leaders.