NEW DELHI: Accusing Pakistan of fomenting trouble in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Pakistan would have to answer for its ‘human rights’ violation in Balochistan and the Pakistani side of the Kashmir.
“The root cause of unrest in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism which is being encouraged by our neighbouring country,” the Indian premier was quoted by the AFP. Modi also he claimed that there was enough evidence to prove that Islamabad was fuelling unrest in the region.
The IOK has been under a curfew since protests broke out over the killing last month of a popular freedom leader Burhan Wani. The unrest has resulted in the death of over sixty people.
Modi also promised to look into the grievances of those living there after meeting with national political parties to find ways of ending the ongoing violence in the troubled state.
“Since the time terrorism has started in Kashmir… so many sophisticated weapons have been seized by our security forces and so many foreign terrorists gunned down… Pakistan can speak a million lies but the world will not accept these,” he said in a statement. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM BBC URDU)
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2016.