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Pakistan condemns killing of Kashmiri leader Hafizullah Mir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has denounced the “vicious assassination” of Kashmiri leader, Hafizullah Mir, by Indian forces in Anantnag district of the occupied Kashmir.

The Spokesperson of the Foreign Office, Dr Muhammad Faisal, said in a tweet: “Pakistan strongly condemns the ruthless assassination of Kashmiri leader Hafizullah Mir and the continuing atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir, including the killing of three Kashmiris and wounds to eight others, including three girls yesterday by Indian occupation forces.”

“We appreciate the statement of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) SG conveying firm support to Kashmiris and call for urgent establishment of the COI recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)”, Dr Fasial continued.

The Kashmiri leader was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Achabal, an area of occupied Kashmir’s Anantnag district on November 20.

According to reports, the unidentified gunmen fired at the Kashmiri leader at his home in Budhra area of Achabal. He was rushed to a district hospital, but succumbed to bullet injuries.

In October, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, reiterated the call in the United Nations (UN) to establish a Commission of inquiry to investigate grave human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The report issued on Kashmir by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights in June 2018 had made a recommendation for such an inquiry.

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