Pakistan summons Indian envoy over Kashmir

Islamabad, July 11 (IANS) Pakistan on Monday summoned Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale to convey “serious concern” over the violence and deaths in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry summoned the Indian High Commissioner on Monday evening and conveyed Pakistan’s concerns over the killing of Wani and other civilians, in the clashes that have erupted in Kashmir Valley.

Chaudhry observed that the “use of excessive force against innocent civilians protesting peacefully over extrajudicial killings, is deplorable and a blatant violation of the Right to Life, Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Right to Peaceful Protest, Right to Peaceful Assembly and other fundamental rights”, said a Foreign Office statement.

He highlighted that such brutal use of force is not acceptable under any circumstances.

He called for fair and transparent inquiry against individuals responsible for these killings.

Referring to the demand for plebiscite, the Foreign Secretary said that “oppressive measures” cannot deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from exercising their right to self determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

He also reiterated Pakistan’s call on the Indian government to fulfil its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The killing of Wani, a poster boy of militancy in Kashmir, on Friday has triggered large scale violence in Kashmir Valley, leading to over 20 deaths in the clashes with security forces.

–IANS

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