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Pakistan on Thursday called upon the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) and hold the Modi government accountable for its illegal actions, which are imperilling peace and stability in South Asia.
Speaking at her weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui shared Pakistan's grave concern over the situation in IOJ&K, which continues to deteriorate due to the brutal military crackdown by Indian occupied forces. "Today is the 277th day of the continued oppression, inhuman lockdown and military siege faced by the innocent people in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir," she said, adding that Pakistan strongly condemns the ongoing state-terrorism and extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris in so-called "cordon-and-search" operations in IOJ&K.
Despite the surge in COVID-19 cases in the IOJ&K, Farooqui added that Indian occupation forces continue their relentless campaign of oppression and brutalization of the Kashmiri people.
She said that innocent Kashmiris are being martyred in fake encounters and phoney cordon-and-search operations.
In an inhuman practice, even the mortal remains of those martyred are not being handed over to the families, Farooqui said, adding that thousands of Kashmiri men, women and children are taking to the streets to protest against Indian brutalities and to let the world community know that they reject illegal Indian occupation.
She said that Indian occupation forces have again completely shut down the internet in the IOJ&K after the life of another local Kashmiri resistance fighter was taken in a so-called "encounter."
There are reports of Indian security forces firing pellet guns and live bullets on peaceful protesters, killing at least one innocent Kashmiri and wounding scores of others, Farooqui said, adding that these Indian actions are highly condemnable.
"India must realize that it cannot break the will of the Kashmiri people and suppress their indigenous resistance movement through the use of force. The intensified resistance in IOJ&K is a direct consequence of Indian campaign of oppression and brutalization of Kashmiris," she added.
Farooqui also categorically rejected the baseless Indian allegations of "infiltration", which are designed to divert attention from India's grave human rights violations in IOJ&K and to create a pretext for "false flag" operation.
While sensitizing the international community about such a possibility, she added that Pakistan has consistently urged India to refrain from any ill-considered and irresponsible move, which could have serious implications for peace and security in the region. "We once again call upon the international community to take notice of the situation and hold India accountable for its illegal actions, which are imperilling peace and stability in South Asia," she added.
Farooqui also urged the world community to work for ensuring the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
Referring to the efforts to provide relief and assistance to overseas Pakistanis in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak, she said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan's missions abroad continue to provide overseas communities with relief and assistance wherever required.

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