Pakistan has condemned killings of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and other innocent citizens in the Indian-held territory, terming the actions of Indian forces deplorable.
“Such acts are a violation of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris and cannot deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand for the realisation of the right to self-determination,” read a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old commander of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) was killed in a brief gunfight with Indian forces on July 8.
Pakistan also raised questions over the detention of Kashmiri leadership, calling upon the Indian government to fulfill human rights obligation and commitments under the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.
The Foreign Office reiterated the Kashmir issue could only be resolved though a fair and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices.
The death toll from unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir climbed to 15 on Sunday, officials said, despite authorities imposing a harsher curfew on the restive territory in a bid to prevent new demonstrations.
PM expresses shock
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also expressed shock over the killings.
“It is deplorable that excessive and unlawful force was used against the civilians who were protesting against the killing of Burhan Wani,” he said in a statement.