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Wani killing:Pakistan summons Indian HC,demands plebiscite

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Pakistan Foreign Secretary summoned Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad Gautam Bambawale  and conveyed “Pakistan’s serious concerns over the recent killings of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians.”

while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office terming the slain terrorist Burhan Wani a “Kashmiri leader” and asserting that such oppressive measures will not deter the people of J&K from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

“The extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani and scores of other innocent Kashmiris is deplorable and condemnable,” Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said. He reiterated Pakistan’s stance that the resolution of the Kashmir issue was only possible through the realisation of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people as per UN resolutions through a fair and impartial plebiscite.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry  observed that the “use of excessive force against innocent civilians protesting peacefully over extrajudicial killings, is deplorable and a blatant violation of the Right to Life, Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Right to Peaceful Protest, Right to Peaceful Assembly and other fundamental rights”, said a Foreign Office statement.

He highlighted that such brutal use of force is not acceptable under any circumstances.

He called for fair and transparent inquiry against individuals responsible for these killings.

Referring to the demand for plebiscite, the Foreign Secretary said that “oppressive measures” cannot deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from exercising their right to self determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The killing of Wani, a poster boy of militancy in Kashmir, on Friday has triggered large scale violence in Kashmir Valley, leading to over 20 deaths in the clashes with security forces.

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