Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has strongly condemned the brutal killing of eight youth in Kashmir by Indian security forces on Sunday.
In a statement issued on Sunday, he said the Indian forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators protesting against the sham Indian parliamentary elections in Bagdam, Srinagar and Gandarbal districts.
He said that the abysmally low voters turnout of below six percent is a tangible indication that the Hurriyat leadership and the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir have categorically rejected the sham elections. He said the elections cannot be an alternative to the right to self determination promised to them under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions.
He said India continues to deny fundamental human rights to the people of Occupied Kashmir, with scant respect for life or person. He said the continuing Indian brutalities and unprecedented violence by Indian occupation forces in Held Kashmir since July last year are crimes against humanity.
He said Indian barbarities are a cause of deep anguish and pain for the Kashmiris and a slur on respect for human rights globally.
Sartaj Aziz said that despite Indian state terrorism and repression the steadfast resolve displayed by the Kashmiris in Held Kashmir sends a clear message to India that they remain undeterred in their goal for realization of the right to self determination
The Advisor on Foreign Affairs called upon the international community to urge India to put an immediate end to the ongoing bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris and behave as a responsible member of the international community.
He said the world community should ask India to honour its commitments to hold a transparent, free and fair plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations in accordance with Security Council resolutions.