Pak seeks independent probe into Wani's 'extrajudicial'

New York: Further needling India, Pakistan has demanded an independent inquiry into the "extrajudicial" killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and claimed that the denial of "plebiscite" to Kashmiri people was behind the flare-up in the Valley.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi met representatives of a Kashmiri delegation here last week and said the country stands firm "in its principled policy of providing moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause", according to a statement issued by

Pakistan's Mission to the UN.

Lodhi called for an "independent inquiry into the extrajudicial killing of Wani and protestors".

She said Pakistan was actively pursuing the Kashmir issue at various forums at the United Nations.

Denial of the "right of self determination" to the people of Kashmir through an "independent plebiscite", promised to them by various Security Council resolutions, was at the heart of the current flare-up, which threatened regional peace and security, Lodhi told the delegation as she called for

the UN to implant its resolutions on Kashmir.

The statement claimed that members of the Kashmiri delegation "appreciated Pakistan's consistent support and its efforts of taking up the issue" at different international forums.

PTI

Yoshita Singh