Nawaz deplores Indian oppression as Kashmiri anger boils over

Published: July 11, 2016
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A protester throws a brick at a policeman during clashes in Indian Kashmir. PHOTO: INP

A protester throws a brick at a policeman during clashes in Indian Kashmir. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday deplored the excessive and unlawful force used against innocent people in Indian-administered Kashmir where violence continued unabated for a second day in the disputed Himalayan region, leaving at least 18 people dead.

“It is deplorable that excessive and unlawful force was used against the civilians who were protesting against the killing of Burhan Wani,” said Nawaz in a statement.

Excesses in Indian Kashmir: 11 killed as clashes erupt after iconic militant’s death

Thousands of residents of the disputed region are defying a government-imposed curfew to take to the streets in protest against the killing of separatist leader Burhan Wani.  The 22-year-old alleged commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen was killed along with two other comrades during a brief gun battle with government forces on Friday.

Nawaz expressed his deep shock over the killing of Wani and other civilians. The oppressive measures adopted by Indian forces cannot deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from demanding their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

Earlier, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria called the killings in Kashmir ‘deplorable and condemnable’. Such killings are a “violation of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris”, he said in a statement.

Zakaria added that Pakistan was seriously concerned over the detention of Kashmiri leaders by Indian forces, and called upon the Indian government to fulfil its human rights obligations, as well as its commitments under the UN resolutions.

Pakistan condemns India’s killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander in occupied Kashmir

“Pakistan reiterates that the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is only possible through realisation of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as per the UNSC resolutions, through a fair and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices.”

Toll rises to 18

Protesters and government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir continued on Sunday as anger over the death of Wani boiled over, with 18 people killed in some of the worst civilian unrest to hit the region since 2010.

Another 200 people, including 96 security personnel have been wounded in the violence, many of them civilian protesters who were hit when Indian forces fired tear gas canisters and live ammunition on Saturday.

Among the 18 dead was Feroz Ahmad, a policeman who drowned when angry protesters pushed his armoured vehicle into a river in the southern district of Sangam on Sunday, a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Irfan Ahmad Malik, an 18-year-old who was critically injured in clashes with security forces Sunday morning at Newa in Pulwama succumbed to his injuries during treatment, Times of India reported. Another unidentified person who was critically injured in Pulwama also expired.

The state government, which has also cut off internet and mobile phone networks to try to stop the protests spreading, called for calm on Sunday. “They [protesters] should not take their protests to a level where a man holding a gun is forced to open fire,” said spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar.

There were also reports of security forces attacking hospitals and ambulances treating the wounded.

“Attacking hospitals and ambulances is a crime under the international humanitarian law and Indian armed forces have been repeatedly accused of this crime in Kashmir,” said the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, a rights group, in a statement.

Police say protesters have set police stations on fire and thrown rocks at army camps in the south of the restive region. It is the worst civilian violence to hit the disputed region since 2010, when mass protests broke out against Indian rule.

Death toll hits 20 as clashes continue in Indian Kashmir

Wani reportedly joined the HM rebel group at the age of just 15, and was viewed as a hero by many in Kashmir. The state’s former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, tweeted after his death that he had become the “new icon of Kashmir’s disaffected”.

Witnesses said tens of thousands attended his funeral on Saturday despite the curfew, chanting independence slogans and firing pistol shots in his honour.

Amarnath yatra suspended

The Amarnath yatra (pilgrimage) remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Sunday from Jammu owing to violence in the valley with several pilgrims stranded, The Hindu reported.

“The yatra is suspended. No fresh batch of pilgrims has been sent from Jammu,” Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh, said. He, however, said the yatra from the base camps in Kashmir is on. The yatra was suspended from Jammu on Saturday following violence after Wani’s killing. On Sunday, some pilgrims who were stranded were escorted to safety, The Times of India reported.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • PrakashG
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:14AM

    Look at the picture. If you protest using violent means, you are openly inviting the security forces to kill you; simple as that.Recommend

  • Anmol
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:30AM

    What about Balochistan …Recommend

  • indian
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:37AM

    Kashmir is integral part of India and whatever happens there is India’s internal problem. Pak PM should mind his own country’s problems than worrying about whats happens in India.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:40AM

    Hmm By the way what is going on about that case of 13 people, who were protesting peacefully in TUQ’s drama, shot dead in Lahore ? Any luck with finding those culprits? These Kashmiri radical Islamic mob killed police officers and are throwing bricks and molatov bombs on security forces unlike those TUQ supporters. NS needs to watch his own house instead of poking into other’s.Recommend

  • shafi
    Jul 11, 2016 - 10:17AM

    @PrakashG, y the people of common Kashmirs are protesting like Palestinians?
    @Indian, on what legal and moral ground, Kashmir is an integral part of India? and y Nehru made a promise to hold a plebiscite if it was integral part?Recommend

  • Jul 11, 2016 - 10:17AM

    Mr Nawaz Sharif – mind your own burning country. Those running a failed state are in no position to advise anyone. You are unable to even have a dialog with India without the permission from your army. Does it not show you are oppressed yourself by your own army.

    It will serve you better if you do some introspection, at least once in a while, instead of oneupmanship which is so futile – for your own sake man!

    Please also spend some time reading Panama Papers – it may help you understand of some corruption charges you face. You have no credibility in the eyes of the world, in the eyes of the Pakistani military establishment and the Pakistani people.

    Pakistani people are interested in peace, jobs, security. You will do well to follow Sab ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas principle. Really you should at least try saying it aloud and in your speeches. It will be good for you man!Recommend

  • Gruham
    Jul 11, 2016 - 10:21AM

    Nawaz does not have a voice within his own country…the Army controls him completely. He should be deploring his own pathetic situation instead of speaking about what happens in Indian territory.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Jul 11, 2016 - 10:42AM

    @shafi:
    I am not questioning the reason of their protest or even their right to protest; just their means of protest.
    BTW, unlike Palestinians, no one has displaced any Kashmiri Muslim from their land.Recommend

  • Jul 11, 2016 - 10:54AM

    Kashmir belongs to the people of Kashmir and according to the norms that are now internationally recognized, the government of India (and Pakistan) should allow them secession if they wish to leave the union.Recommend

  • Anand
    Jul 11, 2016 - 10:55AM

    Mr Nawaz Its integral issue of INDIA better you should focus on your own issuesand mind your own business Recommend

  • Unknown
    Jul 11, 2016 - 11:03AM

    @Anmol:

    According to your countryman’s theory, Baluchisntan is integral part of Pakistan and you should not get diarrhea by worrying about it Recommend

  • THE PATRIOT
    Jul 11, 2016 - 11:13AM

    @shafi:

    Kashmir is an Integral Part of India on legal grounds because when Pak forces attacked the Independent State of Kashmir in 1948, the then ruler King signed a deal with the Indian state the it will be a part of India if the Indian forces help Kashmir defend the aggression from Pak.
    It is an Integral part on moral grounds because Indian state has been funding and holding democratic elections in the state, because Indian Army protects it from the insurgencies, because Indian State and the Indian Army provides relief to the state when it faces floods and other natural calamities.

    Do you need more reasons?

    the Plebiscite was promised but the Pak forces never left POK, hence making it impossible to hold it Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jul 11, 2016 - 11:14AM

    Pakistan should focus on maintaining law and order in Pakistan. It should stop interfering in another country’s matters. Specially when condemning the killing of a terrorist, would never be done. That is why the world thinks Pakistan always supports terrorists. Recommend

  • AK
    Jul 11, 2016 - 11:36AM

    @shafi Have you forgotten the Shimla accord that buried the UNSC resolution, I will recommend that you look that up !!!Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:09PM

    BUT you keep quite about the law and order situation in China where Muslims are forced to give up their faith. You will never publish anything that challenges Pakistani view point. Kashmir nor does what you call Pakistan belong to Muslims. You partitioned our country like you have many other countries or forced Islam on others. It will not work with us.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Nawaz means India should learn from Pakistan and use helicopter gunships and JF17s on Kashmiris just like Pakistan uses on its own citizensRecommend

  • Mortal
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:26PM

    Nawaz Sharif has a lot of heat on him as he just returned from a month long trip & what is a better way of deflecting attention than critisize India on Kashmir? Its purely a political move by Nawaz, nothing more.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:29PM

    I think Kashmir is now an Indian state after instrument of accession was signed in 1947Recommend

  • shafi
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:48PM

    @THE PATRIOT,going by ur logic then what abt jonagarh, hyderabad ,who made accession with pak, which India forcibly annexed, and what abt Goa, which has No instrument of accession with up-till now, and there is no REAL instrument of accession ever exist ,if exist India never presented to UNO in 1948, and Election can not be substitute for plebiscite, if it can be there would be no demonstration and insurgency.
    @PrakashG, kashmiris r made SLAVES in their own land and Millions escaped and settled in Pak to escape the atrocities of indian armyRecommend

  • k
    Jul 11, 2016 - 12:49PM

    @shafi:
    want to protest? then they should do by non violence methods, Like Gandhi, Martin luther king jr, like Nelson Mandela not like Al jawahiri or osamaRecommend

  • Daredevil
    Jul 11, 2016 - 1:14PM

    @shafi: Pakistan is more than welcome to take all muslim Kashmiris & settle them. They are free to leave Indian territory & move to Pakistan. As far as Junagadh & Hydrabad were concerned, they were not contiguous to the territory of Pakistan but were very in the middle of Indian territory. Therefore their accession was illegal as per the Indian Partition Act of 1947. Kashmir was bordered by both India & Pakistan and hence the acsesion to India by its ruler was legal.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jul 11, 2016 - 2:10PM

    Case of kettle calling the pot black. Pakistan uses F16 for killing its own citizens and names the operation “Zarb-e -Azab”. Perhaps Indians should learn from them.Recommend

  • The Patriot
    Jul 11, 2016 - 2:23PM

    @shafi:

    the states of Hyderabad, just like Kashmir was given an option of either merging with India, going to Pak or staying independent. They decided to be a part of India at once, where is the issue of Goa coming from?? they got independence and decided to be with India..

    Issue with Kashmir only arised, because it shared its borders with Pak unlike Muslim majority Hyderabad.

    And if you think Indian Army puts the people of Kashmir through atrocities, please go back and see what Pak army did in 1948… go back and see what it did to the people of erstwhile East Pakistan before 1971 … that is what you call being atrocious.

    the Indian army is and continues to be one of the most disciplined armed forces in the world, and treats the people of Kashmir as all Indian citizens. it was not the Pak army that came to the rescue during the natural calamity that struck Kashmir 2 years back.. Recommend

  • Indian
    Jul 11, 2016 - 5:07PM

    @shafi: Read and UNDERSTAND UN resolution on Kashmir thoroughly before making stupid comments. Thank You..Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 11, 2016 - 5:12PM

    No-one cares about Kashmir, except for the North Korea of South Asia.Recommend

  • BunchOfLilKids
    Jul 11, 2016 - 5:19PM

    you all are talking like bunch of little kids. Enough with this fighting like little babies over there. STHK and start acting like real adults. Been hearing this nonsense down there for so long. We are in year 2016, not 1800’s. Live like civilized people and stop hating each other, maybe only then you all will get somewhere. Unless, you want to follow others path. Recommend

  • Muhammad Kamran
    Jul 11, 2016 - 6:02PM

    Its Not Indian Administered , Its Indian Occupied KashmirRecommend

  • Genius
    Jul 11, 2016 - 8:56PM

    UN should take action and accept the demand of Kashmiris people to join Pakistan. World powers should also take notice of the Indian forces terrorism in Kashmir.Recommend

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