Pakistan strongly condemns Kashmiri leader Mir Hafeezullah's assassination in IOK

10:48 AM | 21 Nov, 2018
Pakistan strongly condemns Kashmiri leader Mir Hafeezullah's assassination in IOK
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has condemned the brutal assassination of a senior leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mir Hafeezullah, in Indian Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Indian armed agents barged into the house of Mir Hafeezullah in Achabal area of Islamabad district and opened indiscriminate fire, injuring him and his wife. They were rushed to the nearby hospital where doctors declared Mir Hafeezullah as brought dead.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on his Twitter handle wrote, "Pakistan strongly condemns the brutal assassination of Kashmiri leader Hafizullah Mir".

He also slammed "the continuing Indian atrocities in IOK including the killing of 3 Kashmiris & injuries to 8 others, including 3 girls yesterday by Indian occupation forces".

Pakistan also hailed Secretary General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousaf Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen's statement in which he had condemned the rights violations being perpetrated in Occupied Kashmir by India.

The foreign office also called for an international inquiry into alleged violations in the disputed territory as it was recommended by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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The deceased Kashmiri leader, who was the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District Islamabad President, played an instrumental role in the 2016 uprising. He was released from Indian jail last month and had been receiving life threats from unknown phone numbers.

According to KMS, he even informed police about these anonymous calls.

Before him, three other Hurriyat leaders namely Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem, Hakeemur Rehman Sultani and Tariq Ahmad Ganai had become victims of target killing since February, this year.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani broke down on hearing the tragic news, while Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Democratic Freedom Party and Jamaat-e-Islami in their separate statements strongly condemned the targeted killing of Mir Hafeezullah. They termed the cold-blooded murder of Mir as a part of deep Indian conspiracy to suppress genuine voices for freedom.