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Issue of Indian shelling on civilians being raised, says FO


ISLAMABAD: The Forei­­gn Office said on Thursday that Pakistan was forcefully raising the issue of targeting of civilians by India on the Line of Control (LoC) and gross human rights violations in held Kashmir with important countries.

At his weekly news briefing here, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan was deeply concerned over Indian atrocities in held Kashmir as well as its targeting of civilians on the LoC.

He said India was resorting to unprovoked firing on the LoC in order to hide its atrocities in the held Valley which in fact had attracted world attention.

He said civil society organisations in different countries had organised events to inform people about human rights violations in held Kashmir.

He said that over 150 people had so far been killed by Indian troops in the held Valley. Over 1,000 had also been blinded, either partially or completely, there, he added.

The spokesman said that Pakistan had responded to the Indian firing, but it was the endeavour of “our troops not to target the civilians but only their posts”.

He said that Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav had admitted to the nefarious designs India harboured against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Published in Dawn, November 25th, 2016