For the second time this week, Pakistan on Friday called upon India to exercise restraint in ‘Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK)’ and urged the international community to take steps for safeguarding the human rights of Kashmiris. It also sought early and full resumption of the dialogue process with India; adding that Pakistan wants a constructive, sustained and result-oriented dialogue on all issues including the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) dispute.

The statement issued by the Foreign Office takes serious note of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir.

“The Kashmiris are unanimous in their demand for self-determination. This sentiment and its firm determination is being reflected in the peaceful protests of the youth, women and all segments of civil society.”

Condemning the brutality of the security forces, Pakistan said the killing of innocent Kashmiris, continued arrests and detention of Kashmiri leaders was unacceptable.

The statement said Pakistan was committed to finding a fair and peaceful resolution of the issue of Jammu & Kashmir in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

This is the second time this week that Pakistan has issued an official statement on the situation in Kashmir. The last statement was issued on Tuesday, a day after 15 people were killed.

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