World Bulletin / News Desk
Pakistan Sunday condemned the killing of three youths in Jammu and Kashmir, urging the international community to act to stop Indian forces’ crimes against humanity in the region.
“We strongly condemn the killing of 3 innocent Kashmiri youth (M. Abbas, Faizan, & Nissar) and injuries to many by Indian occupation forces in IoK,” Indian-occupied Kashmir, tweeted Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria.
“We urge int'l community & human rights organizations to urgently act to stop bloodshed crimes against humanity by India” in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
The condemnation follows the death of three Kashmiri youths and injuries to over a dozen others Sunday after police fired at anti-elections protesters during a by-election in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-held part of the disputed Himalayan valley.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), a conglomerate of pro-freedom political groups, already announced its boycott of the polls, and urged Kashmiris not to take part in “election drama”.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.
The two countries have fought three wars -- in 1948, 1965 and 1971 -- since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.
Since 1989, Kashmiri resistance groups in Indian-held Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.
More than 70,000 Kashmiris have been killed so far in the violence, most of them by Indian forces. India maintains over half a million soldiers in the region.Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2017, 15:12