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Pakistan warns of alarming human devastation in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: A “sorry state of human rights” in Indian-held Kashmir denying civilians an access food, medicine and emergency care services, could lead to a severe human catastrophe, Pakistan warned.

“With continued curfew in the valley resulting in a shortage of food, there is going be a big human tragedy,” said Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria during a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

Mr Zakaria urged the international community to take “not just notice, but also steps” to avert the possible disaster in Kashmir.

Indian security forces were involved in the genocide of innocent Kashmiris, who were being killed and injured every day , he said.

The number of deaths in the held Kashmir during the last three months has gone up to more than 100 with 15,000 injured, he added.

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Some 850 civilians received eyes injuries due to pellet gun wounds, leaving another 160 completely blind.

The FO spokesman said that not allowing people in the held Kashmir to offer Friday prayers in mosques was “deplorable”.

On India’s claim of surgical strikes in Pakistani side of Kashmir, Mr Zakaria said the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) found no evidence of such so-called strikes.

“The observation of UNMOGIP, which has the mandate to observe activities on Line of Control (LoC), is highly valuable,” he added.

Zakaria stressed that Pakistan had never violated a ceasefire at the border.

“It has always been India that made such violations at the LoC,” he said.

Pakistan has effectively taken the issue of Indian involvement and financing of terror inside its territory on various international forums, he added.

Mr Zakaria said the White House “acted rightly” to reject an Indian-based petition seeking to declare Pakistan a terror state.

He said that Pakistan on Wednesday, during a visit of Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to Brussels, pledged a $500 million for development projects in Afghanistan since its stability was important for regional peace.



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