The prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan condemned the recent civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims. Khan also contacted the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, to express his concern at the ongoing situation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement released by the PM office, the Prime Minister expressed his concern at the ‘grave human rights violations by Indian security forces’ and underscored UN’s role to end these violations. The statement comes days after Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the killings of innocent civilians at the hands of Indian security forces in Indian occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama area. Khan also said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved and called for a plebiscite in the restive region, announcing that the issue should be highlighted in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
On Twitter, Khan wrote that only dialogue and not violence & killings would resolve this conflict.
The Minister for Human Rights, Shireen Mazari, emphasized that Pakistan should move beyond declaratory statements for resolution of the long-standing conflict between Jammu and Kashmir and India. The director general of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor, on the other hand, condemned the state-sponsored terrorism by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a Twitter post, the army spokesman said that bullets could never suppress unarmed brave freedom fights. He also demanded that the Indian army respect ethics of professional soldiering.