TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Pakistan’s embassy in Tehran held an event in solidarity with Muslims in the disputed Kashmir region who have faced a new wave of violence by Indian forces in recent days.
Addressing the event on Friday, Pakistani ambassador Asif Durrani said the brutal use of force by Indian forces has failed to suppress the struggle of Kashmiri people for the right to self-determination, APP reported, quoting a press release from Tehran.
Deploring the new wave of violence against Muslims in Kashmir, the envoy said Indian forces, including the army and police forces, have killed at least 20 people in the latest wave of terror and bloodshed in the past week, during which a number of young people have been blinded by pellets and scores of people have been injured.
He also urged the international community to mount pressure on New Delhi to stop the violence, and called on the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its commitments to the people of Jammu and Kashmir under its resolutions.
On Thursday, Indian security forces fired tear gas at demonstrators in Kashmir as they were protesting against the recent killings of 20 people by government troops in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Muslim-majority Kashmir is one of the most militarized regions on earth and has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947.
Both Pakistan and India claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought three wars over the mountainous region.
Kashmiris demand that a referendum take place to let them decide their future.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in clashes there since 1990.