ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday condemned Indian brutality against the Indian people who occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ & K).
The Foreign Office, in a statement, said: “When the world was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, India was busy recruiting further Kashmiris at IOJ & K.”
“The cold-blooded killing of Peer Mehrajuddin by CRPF (Central Reserve Forces) in Budgam, today, is the latest in an assassination carried out by Indian occupation forces.”
The Foreign Office said police chose to blindly fire on peaceful demonstrators while they took to the streets and stated that this brutality could not be “condemned enough”.
“No matter how brutal the tactics are, India will not be able to destroy the will of the people of Kashmir. India also will never succeed in suppressing Kashmir’s determination to realize their irrevocable right to self-determination,” the statement said.
“The world community must hold India accountable for its crimes in Jammu & Kashmir occupied by India. Justice for Kashmiris is still needed for peace in South Asia,” he added.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of angry demonstrators clashed with government forces in Kashmir after troops shot dead Mehrajuddin at a checkpoint, officials and local residents said.
Mehrajuddin’s death came amid rising tensions in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region after New Delhi canceled its semi-autonomous status and imposed a curfew to quell the riots last August.
The young man was driving his car when paramilitary soldiers shot him near a checkpoint on the outskirts of Srinagar, the main city in the disputed region.
Police claimed he ignored signals to stop at two checkpoints “in suspicious conditions” before troops fired on vehicles.
He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries, police added in a statement.
But Mehrajuddin’s father, Ghulam Nabi, denied the police claim and said his son was shot and killed in cold blood.
– Additional input from AFP.