National Security Committee strongly condemns Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) held a session on Wednesday, where the top civil-military brass strongly condemned the current situation in occupied Kashmir, said an official press release.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting, which was attended by Army chief General Qamar Bajwa, defence minister, interior minister, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, chiefs of the three armed forces and other senior officials.

According to the press release, the committee denounced the ‘recent reign of terror’ by the Indian security forces which martyred 20 innocent civilians and wounded hundreds of people gravely.

The committee observed that the inhuman and incessant use of pellet guns against innocent protestors and on funeral processions has blinded scores of Kashmiris and inflicted injuries.

“The National Security Committee praised the extraordinary courage and resilience of Kashmiri people in the face of Indian brutalities, gross and systematic violations of all their human rights. The Committee observed that the purely indigenous character of this uprising has once again belied the false propaganda by the Indian government,” said the press statement.

The committee members expressed Pakistan’s commitment to political, diplomatic and moral support for the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just and legitimate struggle for their right to self-determination.

The NSC decided to raise the issue of unprecedented Indian brutalities at both bilateral and multilateral platforms, said the press release.

Earlier sources said the premier apprised the committee of his visit to Muzaffarabad earlier today. “PM Abbasi also briefed the committee about his meeting with Hurriyat leadership,” sources said.

At least 19 Kashmiri youth have been martyred by Indian security forces in Islamabad and Shopian districts of the occupied valley.

Earlier today, PM Abbasi said Indian forces have recently martyred 19 and injured over 200 Kashmiris in an attempt to suppress their voices, but this is a failed agenda.

Addressing the joint meeting of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council and legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad, the premier said Indian forces not only targetted unarmed civilians but also attacked those participating in funeral prayers.

Abbasi arrived in Azad Jammu and Kashmir earlier today along with Kashmir committee chariperson Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Earlier, Abbasi called a special meeting of the federal cabinet that reviewed the current situation arising from the recent Indian brutalities and killings in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan on Monday had also condemned the violence, with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif blaming India for trying to repeat Gujarat Muslim massacre in occupied Kashmir.

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