Turkish, Pakistani foreign ministers hold telephonic conversation

FM Cavusoglu & Khawaja Asif discuss situation in Kashmir

ANKARA — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday discussed the situation in Kashmir over the phone, diplomatic sources told Turkish official news agency.

As protests continued in Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir following months of ongoing protests and demonstrations. Thousands of Kashmiris again protested the Indian forces killings and brutal use of forces against peaceful protestors.

At many as 15 Kashmiris have been killed during last 48 hours while militants attacks also killed at least four Indian soldiers over the weekend.
In a statement issued Monday, the Turkish Foreign Minister  said: “We are deeply worried and saddened about the casualties and injuries that took place in Jammu Kashmir last weekend.”

“We find it essential that the necessary precautions are taken to ensure that the tension in the region is reduced immediately and that the civilians are given maximum care so that they are not damaged by the clashes,” the statement added.

Kashmir Media Service adds: According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.

In Pakistan, the killings of seventeen youth in Islamabad and Shopian districts, yesterday, were condemned by all state and non-state organizations.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that India was incapable of silencing Kashmir. He expressed deep sorrow over the recent loss of life in Kashmir and condemned Indian tyranny. He said India could not silence Kashmiris. The prime minister went on to add that the Kashmiri struggle for independence could not be called terrorism.

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday condemned Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. “Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir can never suppress a just indigenous political struggle for self-determination,” the army chief was quoted in a tweet by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor. The army chief added that brutalities of Indian Security Forces against innocent civilians in occupied Kashmir are highly condemnable.

Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif in a statement issued here, condemned the brutality of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. He said that the worse form of state terrorism is underway in occupied Kashmir.


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