“Pakistan strongly condemns the brutality and the blatant use of force by Indian security forces,” said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
“Gross and systematic abuse of human rights and Indian repression in Kashmir must end. Pakistan calls upon the government of India to exercise restraint,” he said, describing killings, arrests and detentions as “unacceptable”.
Meanwhile hundreds of people – including activists of the charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is on a UN terror blacklist and is officially banned in Pakistan – held a demonstration in the eastern city of Lahore against “Indian atrocities”.
Carrying flags and placards under the banner of “Freedom struggle for Jammu and Kashmir”, bearded men shouted “We will continue jihad (holy war) till Kashmir’s freedom.”
“It is tragic that our government and political parties are silent over killings in Kashmir. They should tell India that if it does not stop the killings, Pakistan will attack,” Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Amir Hamza said, addressing the activists.
Security forces have imposed a curfew on all major towns and troublespots in Indian-administered Kashmir for six days, in a bid to control protests that have escalated into arson and mob violence.
More than 90 people have been shot dead by security forces in anti-India demonstrations that began in June, with 17 killed on Monday in the worst violence for years in the disputed Muslim-majority region. – AFP
Reported by The Dawn Media group