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Pakistan to continue highlighting atrocities on Kashmiri people

NEW YORK: Pakistan has said that it will continue to appraise the international community on the atrocities on the people in occupied Kashmir.

The statement was made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Geneva Office Tehmina Janjua.

She stressed that India should allow the UN fact finding mission in occupied Kashmir to investigate the human right violations taking place in the region.

Janjua said that the matter has also been raised in the Norwegian Parliament.

She added that the people of India will pressurize its government to give a response to the brutalities being carried out in the region.

At least 120 people, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 12,000 injured in clashes with Indian security forces.

Thousands more have been arrested since the unrest began on July 8, when popular militant leader Burhan Wani was killed by soldiers.

Since then shops, schools and most banks have remained shut and authorities have suspended mobile phone internet services.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, where rebel groups have fought Indian troops since 1989 for either independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has soared after a militant attack last month on an Indian army base killed 19 soldiers, with the two armies exchanging heavy fire and mortars across their de facto border in Kashmir almost every day.

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