Pakistan briefs UNSC members over Kashmir

Islamabad: Pakistan's Foreign Secretary on Tuesday briefed the envoys of the UN Security Council over the protests in the Kashmir Valley, accusing Indian security forces of violating human rights. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry conveyed this to ambassadors of China, France, Russia, Britain and the US and expressed concern over the "killings of civilians and violation of their fundamental human rights". Due to the use of force against civilians demonstrating against "the killing of (militant commander) Burhan Wani, more than 30 innocent people have lost their lives and over 350 injured so far", a statement from the Foreign Office quoted Chaudhary as saying. The statement said India should conduct a fair and transparent inquiry against individuals responsible for these killings. Pakistan urged the international community to take notice of the gravity of the situation in the Kashmir Valley and called on India to implement UN Security Council resolutions. Rejecting Indian claims that the situation in Kashmir was its internal affair, Chaudhry said the "disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir was awaiting the implementation of the UNSC resolutions".