Kashmiris looking towards world for self-determination: Zakaria

Published: January 29, 2017
A file photo of a protest in Indian-occupied Kashmir. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of a protest in Indian-occupied Kashmir. PHOTO: REUTERS

The oppressed people of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) are looking towards the international community to attain their right to self-determination, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has remarked.

The FO official made the remarks while speaking at a seminar in Islamabad. He said Pakistan had always raised the Kashmir issue across global forums to hold India accountable for its actions.

“Pakistan will continue highlighting the issue till Kashmiris attain their right to self-determination, Radio Pakistan quoted the FO spokesperson as having remarked.

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Zakaria said the Kashmir movement entered a new phase after July 8, 2016. He was referring to unrest in the disputed region following Burhan Wani’s extra-judicial killing by Indian security forces last year. His death sparked a wave of deadly clashes in the occupied valley — the worst in years — with over 100 people dead and thousands injured.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the territory in full and have fought two wars over the region.

Relations between the two countries have plummeted in recent months, with India blaming Pakistani militants for a raid on an army base in its part of Kashmir in September last year that killed 19 soldiers. India said it responded by carrying out strikes across the heavily-militarised border, although Islamabad denies these took place. The neighbours have remained engaged in a diplomatic tit-for-tat since then.

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  • whatever
    Jan 29, 2017 - 1:17PM

    Any outcome of those 22 Pakistani dignitaries who went on world tour for kashmir cause or they just wasted Pakistani taxpayers money on a lost cause!! How many more years it will take Pakistanis to realize that these polticians are just fooling them to enjoy lavish lives in foreign countries in the name of Kashmir, already 70 years are gone without any iota of change.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jan 29, 2017 - 2:52PM

    My Kashmiri brothers, please do not depend on Pakistan, we cannot live without Indians we love their movies We love Hindu culture and our film industry promote Hinduism. Our sportsmen beg to play with India. Please do not depend on us.Recommend

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