India using chemical weapons against Kashmiris: AJK PM

ISLAMABAD:

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan accused India on Wednesday of using chemical weapons in the Indian occupied Kashmir.

“There are evidences that Indian forces deployed in Kashmir had been using weapons that contain chemical agents in Kashmir,” Khan said during his visit to the office of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Islamabad.

“We demand an independent investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in Indian-held Kashmir and gross violation of human rights of Kashmiri people by Indian forces,” PM Haider said.

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Paying glowing tributes to Yaseen Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Ahmed Shah and others, he said Kashmiri leaders had lived most of their lives behind bars, fighting for their right to self-determination.

Terming Kashmiri people’s struggle as ‘struggle to complete Pakistan’, he said India cannot lessen Kashmiris’ love for Pakistan with coercion and oppression. He alleged that use of chemical weapons is worst kind of persecution that put the lives of entire population in danger.

The AJK prime minister assured the Hurriyat leadership that reinforcing Kashmir liberation struggle would remain the top priority of AJK government and all available resources would be utilized for this purpose.

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The government in the base camp of Kashmir liberation struggle would consult Hurriyat leaders in matters relating to Kashmir freedom movement. The prime minister also assured that problems being faced by the refugees from occupied part of Kashmir would be solved on priority basis.

Earlier, speaking during a TV interview after visiting the Line of Control (LoC), PM Haider said Indian premier Narendra Modi was trying to increase his vote bank by shedding the blood of innocent Kashmiri people. He alleged the BJP government of whipping up ‘jingoistic frenzy’ to get political mileage in India.

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