Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is grave which warrants the world to take notice of the worst kind of human rights violations by the forces, Dawn reported.

According to report published by Dawn talking to the media after his arrival in London on Sunday, the foreign minister regretted the silence of the world on unabated incidents of torture and aggression, indiscriminate use of pellet guns by the forces and rape and killing spree of innocent Kashmiris.

The report quoted Qureshi as having said that during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kashmir, there was a complete strike in Srinagar.

Whether such grave human rights violations were allowed in any civilised society of the world, he wondered and urged India to realise the seriousness of the situation in the held valley.

The report said Qureshi, who arrived in London to attend events in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day, asked why India had clamped down on social and print media and disrupted the internet service. It was a kind of media gag, he said and asked the world media to highlight the situation in Kashmir.

The report quoted Qureshi as having said that certain incidents often made headlines in the international media, but in Kashmir grave, human rights violations were being committed by the forces on a daily basis.

In reply to a question, the foreign minister said there was a complete national consensus on the Kashmir issue in Pakistan. He said the conference in the UK would deliberate on the Kashmir situation where he would reiterate Pakistan’s stance, reported the Dawn.

The report quoted Qureshi as having said the UK parliament and UN rights body had also released their reports on the gross human rights violations in Kashmir.


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