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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Tuesday, strongly condemned the extra-judicial killing of two more innocent Kashmiris in Khanmoh area in the outskirts of Srinagar by the Indian occupation forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said the impunity granted to Indian occupation forces had resulted in the systematic targeting of Kashmiri youth through extra-judicial killings, torture in custody, enforced disappearances and incarcerations under the cover of draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Public Safety Act (PSA), and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

“Pakistan has consistently emphasized that the gross and systematic violations of human rights being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces warrant an investigation by a United Nations Commission of Inquiry, as recommended by the OHCHR in its reports of 2018 and 2019,” he said.

He reiterated Pakistan’s call for an independent inquiry under international scrutiny to investigate the unabated extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris by Indian Occupation Forces and to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.

The recent killing of two Kashmiri youth at Khanmoh in Srinagar, according to media reports, has turned out to be another case of fake encounter staged by Indian troops in the territory. The residents of the area have categorically rejected the Indian military authorities’ claim that the youth were militants and were killed in an encounter.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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