ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Sunday strongly condemned the brutal killing of 12-year-old Kashmiri boy by Indian forces and slammed them for targeting innocent people with impunity.
According to the FO spokesperson Mr. Nafees Zakaria, Pakistan offer condolences to the grieved family members.
“Junaid Ahmad’s murder is the worst form of India’s state terrorism! This culture of impunity must end now.” He also urged the international community to intervene into the matter.
Ahmad, a resident of Saidpora in downtown Srinagar of Occupied Kashmir, was critically injured after being hit by a shower of pellets outside his home. Police said security forces fired pellet guns after clashes in the area. Junaid, however, was not part of the protests.
NDTV reported its police sources as saying that the was standing at the main gate of his home in the Saidpora area in downtown area of city when he was hit by a volley of pellets.
Junaid was critically injured as dozens of pellets hit his head and chest. Locals shifted him to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences where he died.
The ruling PDP has called the death “unwarranted” and demanded a probe.
“We want immediate probe into the killing of Junaid and responsibly should be fixed. Junaid was not part of any protest when he was fired upon,” PDP General Secretary Nizamudin Bhat said.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in protest against his death after his body was brought to his home, shouting slogans against the Indian government.
Security forces fired teargas shells as people marched with Junaid’s body towards a burial ground near the city’s Eidgah – a large ground for prayers during Eid.
Locals say as the funeral procession started, security forces tried to stop it. This led to further clashes and several people have been injured in teargas shelling and pellet firing.