Pakistan slams India’s use of pellet guns against Kashmiris
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.–File photo
Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned the use of force, especially pellet guns, bullets and teargas, by Indian security forces against Shia Muslims holding rallies in Indian illegally occupied Kashmir in connection with the martyrdom day of Hazrat Imam Hussain (May God be pleased with him).
In a statement issued from Islamabad on Sunday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said dozens of Kashmiri people were injured critically when the Indian security forces opened indiscriminate fire using pellet guns. He said that many people have received pellet gun bullets in their eyes and they risk losing their eyesight forever. He said that Indian security forces have been using pellet guns and deadly cartridges against unarmed Kashmiris since 2010. He said that thousands of Kashmiris, including women and children, embraced martyrdom in large numbers during these years. He said that the use of pellet guns was a blatant violation of human rights. He said that Indian security forces were targeting the Kashmiri youth through this campaign. He called upon the international community to take urgent notice of pellet gun attacks and other human rights violations in Indian-Occupied Kashmir.