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Pakistan summons Indian High Commissioner over Kashmir clashes

NAYANIMA BASU New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2018

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale was summoned in Islamabad on Monday even as Islamabad expressed "serious concerns" over the situation in Kashmir.

"The Foreign Secretary called in the Indian High Commissioner this evening and conveyed Pakistan’s serious concerns over the recent killings of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians in Indian occupied Kashmir by the Indian military and paramilitary forces," said a statement by the Pakistan foreign ministry.

During the meeting the Foreign Secretary stated that the use of "excessive force against innocent civilians protesting peacefully over extrajudicial killings, is deplorable and a blatant violation of the Right to Life, Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Right to Peaceful Protest, Right to Peaceful Assembly and other fundamental rights."

He deplored the firing by Indian security forces on peaceful protesters that resulted in the killing of over 40 people.

The Foreign Secretary called for fair and transparent inquiry against individuals responsible for these killings.

"The Foreign Secretary reiterated Pakistan’s call on the Indian government to fulfil its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute," the statement added.

This statement from Pakistan comes after Indian security forces gunned down Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

Since then Kashmir had been witnessing severe clashes that have also led to the halting of Amarnath Yatra.

Published on July 11, 2016

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