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Pakistan late Thursday condemned crackdown on Hurriyat leaders in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Srinagar.
Terming the crackdown “an attempt by the Indian authorities to choke the voice of Kashmiris”, foreign office spokesperson, Qazi Khalifullah said, “India is trying to stifle the voice of Kashmiris who are struggling against continued Indian occupation and gross human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir.”
“He deplored what he called a ‘massive crackdown’ on leaders and political workers of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Indian-administered Kashmir. The APHC had planned a million-man march on the eve of Modi’s visit to the valley.”
“The massive gathering of people in Indian-occupied Kashmir for Hurriyat leadership is a stamp of approval for the realisation of the right to self-determination by the Kashmiri people under UN auspices,” Qazi said.
Qazi was addressing media in a weekly briefing in Islamabad.