Pakistan condemns Hizbul militant Sabzar Bhat’s killing, calls it extra-judicial
Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz said India killed 12 Kashmiri youth since Friday in Pulwama and Baramulla, and three of them were killed extra-judicially.world Updated: May 27, 2017 22:34 IST
Pakistan condemned the killing of top Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and other militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, and called upon the international community, including the UN and human rights organisations, to intervene in the matter.
A report by IANS said Sartaj Aziz, the Prime Minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, accused India of carrying out “extra-judicial killings” and said the country killed “12 Kashmiri youth in Kashmir since yesterday (Friday) in Pulwama and Baramulla. Three of them were martyred extra-judicially as has been done on numerous occasions in the recent past”.
The adviser urged the international community to call upon India to immediately stop the “ruthless killing of defenceless Kashmiris”.
Sabzar, 28, was killed along with his two accomplices in a four-hour-long gunfight in a village in Tral town of Pulwama district. He was named as the successor of Burhan Wani -- who was killed last year on July 8.
In another incident, six militants were killed by the army, when an infiltration bid was foiled on Saturday in Rampur sector of the Line of Control in Baramulla district.
A report by PTI said Pakistan also called on the UN and the international community to stop the violence in the Kashmir Valley.
Aziz expressed grave concern at the “constant ceasefire violations by Indian forces” at the LoC, and accused India of making attempts to discredit the Kashmiri indigenous movement.
He also alleged that India was trying to change the demography of Kashmir to convert the majority Kashmiri into minority territory, which Pakistan has brought to the attention of the UN.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s unflinching support for Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination.
First Published: May 27, 2017 20:18 IST