Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday condemned India’s state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir, as the valley observes another shutdown to protest the latest killing spree by Indian forces.
In a Twitter post, Major General Asif Ghafoor said bullets “can never suppress unarmed brave freedom fighters” and called on the Indian army to respect ethics of professional soldiering.
“State sponsored terrorism by Indian Occupation Forces on innocent Kashmiris including unethical targeting of civilian population across LOC are highly condemnable. Bullets can never suppress unarmed brave Freedom Fighters. Indian Army must respect ethics of professional soldiering,” the DG ISPR wrote.
Indian troops, in their fresh act of state-sponsored terrorism, martyred ten youth in Pulwama district on Saturday.
The killings sparked protests by residents resulting in clashes between the demonstrators and the Indian forces. Indian troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, which led to two more young people being killed and several others getting injured.
Condemning the killings, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that Pakistan will raise the issue of Indian human rights violations at every platform.
Indian atrocities in the valley have left tens of thousands of people dead since 1989 — most of them civilians. But this year has been the deadliest since 2009, with more than 500 people killed so far. Authorities said last week that incidents of violence were on track to double this year compared to 2017.