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Indian forces have launched all out war on Kashmiri students: Pakistan

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pakistan Foreign Office said Indian forces have launched an operation against educational institutions and an all out war on Kashmiri students in the disputed Kashmir region.

“They have attacked women education institutions as well. A dozen colleges have been attacked, injuring thousands of students - both boys and girls,” the Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

“Last week, Indian Home Minister claimed that Indian government will control the situation within a year and showed his determination to do with whatever it takes,” he said.

Zakaria said harrowing stories from Kashmir continue to raise concerns in Pakistan.

“Use of brute force against innocent Kashmiris, who refused to participate in the sham elections, cannot suppress their human urge of freedom,” the spokesman said.

He said India has openly violated human rights in Kashmir and has displayed a complete disregard for the UN Charter, adding that recently leaked videos openly showing use of human shields and beatings by the forces, is a manifestation.

Zakaria also mentioned the banning of social media in Valley, and said the steps were taken by the Indian government to ensure that reports of crimes against humanity committed by Indian forces do not go out of Kashmir.

In the latest surge of violence in Kashmir, at least eight people were killed and more than two dozen injured on April 9, when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar.