Pakistan Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Killing of Three Kashmiris in Indian Army Custody

Sun Dec 24 2023
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned the barbaric custodial killing of three innocent Kashmiri civilians in the Baffliaz area of the Poonch district of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In a statement, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson said the slain Kashmiri civilians were tortured to death at a camp of the Indian occupation army.

A purported video clip of the Indian army personnel stripping three men and sprinkling chilli powder on them is viral on social media.

The spokesperson said the incident, once again, exposes India’s continued state of terrorism in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The spokesperson demanded that the perpetrators of these custodial killings must be held accountable.

India’s brutal occupation is the root cause of all major issues in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmiri people must realize their inalienable right to self-determination, as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the spokesperson added.

Kashmiri Civilians Tortured to Death in Indian Army Custody

A day earlier, three Kashmiri civilians were tortured to death while in Indian army custody. According to reports, the Indian army had arrested “at least eight civilians” for interrogation in the wake of an attack on two army vehicles in Poonch district.

“Locals accused army personnel of torturing the three to death in a nearby military camp. The bodies were later handed to the local police, who in turn contacted the families. Residents said the bodies bore marks of severe torture,” the Associated Press reported.

According to the families, the other five Kashmiris were moved to an army hospital after they were “severely tortured”.

The report added that videos showing the “torture of detained civilians” spread online after their detention and triggered “widespread anger”.

“Authorities cut off internet services on smart devices in Poonch and Rajouri districts on Saturday morning, a common tactic to dispel possible protests and discourage dissemination of the videos,” the report said.


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