#KashmirNow: Pakistan Activates Its Diplomatic Channels

   

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Situational picture from North Kashmir's Sopore town. (KL Image: Mohammad Abu Bakr)
Situational picture from North Kashmir’s Sopore town. (KL Image: Mohammad Abu Bakr)

Pakistan has approached permanent members of the UN Security Council also known as Veto powers over the tense situation in Kashmir valley.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary said that he briefed Ambassadors of the Permanent Members of the Security Council (China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and USA) over the tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir and expressed Pakistan’s serious concern over the killings of civilians and violation of their other fundamental human rights by the forces.

“The Foreign Secretary informed the Ambassadors that due to the excessive use of force against civilians protesting the killing of Burhan Wani, more than 30 innocent people have lost their lives and more than 350 have been injured so far,” reports quoted an FO statement this evening.

He emphasized that India should conduct a fair and transparent inquiry against the individuals responsible for these killings.

The Foreign Secretary urged the international community and particularly the Permanent Members of the Security Council to take notice of the gravity of the situation in Kashmir, call on India to respect human rights of the people of Kashmir and implement UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Foreign Secretary said that killings of innocent Kashmiri people could not be condoned under the pretext of terrorism. He observed that the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination cannot be equated with terrorism,” it said.

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