Pakistan condemns honoring of Indian major who used Kashmiri youth as human shield

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said India’s decision to honour Major Leetul Gogoi, who brazenly used a Kashmiri youth as a human shield, is deplorable

“It is a crime and an insult to humanity,” Zakaria said during the weekly media briefing here on Thursday.

Amnesty International called ‘awarding’ a move to condone human rights abuses in IoK, he added.

The spokesperson said the Indian occupation forces in IoK are involved in acts of grave violence against civilians, rapes, extra-judicial murders, arson attacks, kidnappings, violence against Kashmiri children and desecration of mosques and other sacred places. The Indian army is criminal in its behaviour against civilians, he added.

He said since 2014, unprovoked ceasefire violations have increased significantly, taking toll on hundreds of innocent Kashmiris lives in AJK and their properties.

There is heavy deployment of Indian forces at and around the historic Jama Masjid in Srinagar every Friday, to create an atmosphere of fear and harassment in wake of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan as thousands of people from other districts and far off places travel to Srinagar to offer prayers in the Grand Masjid, he added.

The news of Indian victory of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is incorrect and misleading.

“We are prepared for the next hearing of the case. The order of ICJ is a provisional order to stay the execution, he said.

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