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Kashmir India’s internal matter; Pak should worry about PoK instead :Rijiju

Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday took a dig at Pakistan for accusing India of committing human rights violations in Kashmir, saying it should worry more about such violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) than the Valley.

Burhan_wani_kashmir Updated: Jul 11, 2016 20:21 IST
Union minister Kiren Rijiju  on Monday took a dig at Pakistan for accusing India of committing human rights violations in Kashmir, saying it should worry more about such violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) than the Valley.. (Photo by Abhinav Saha/Hindustan Times)
Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday took a dig at Pakistan for accusing India of committing human rights violations in Kashmir, saying it should worry more about such violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) than the Valley.. (Photo by Abhinav Saha/Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday took a dig at Pakistan for accusing India of committing human rights violations in Kashmir, saying it should worry more about such violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) than the Valley.

“They (Pakistan) should worry (more) about human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir than Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir is an internal matter of India,” he said in New Delhi.

Rijiju’s comments came a day after Pakistan accused India of committing human rights violations in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been under attack from the opposition for remaining “silent” over the killing of protesters in Kashmir, came out with a late night statement condemning the action of Indian security forces.

“The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed his deep shock at the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians by the Indian military and paramilitary forces,” Sharif’s office said in the statement.

Sharif said it was “deplorable that excessive and unlawful force was used against the civilians” who were protesting against the killing of Wani.

“Oppressive measures such as these cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.

Expressing concern over the detention of Kashmiri separatist leaders, Sharif said India should fulfil its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The death toll in the clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir mounted to 23, as normal life remained paralysed for the third day today in the Valley due to curfew-like restrictions and separatists-sponsored strike in the wake of the killing of Wani in an encounter on Friday.

Most of the separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, are either in custody or under house arrest.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has alleged that “Sharif-Modi friendship” was causing “irreparable damage” to the Kashmir issue.

“While Muslims celebrated Eid-ul Fitr across the world, our Kashmiri brethren marked the day of festivities amid violence carried out by the Indian army,” Bilawal said in a statement.

He accused Sharif of damaging the foreign policy by giving his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi a “certificate of friendship”. “Sharif is jeopardising the Kashmir issue by building his association with the Indian prime minister,” he said