In a statement released Friday, the Foreign Office criticized India for the extrajudicial death of a 17-year-old innocent Kashmiri in the Kulgam area of Occupied Kashmir.
The Foreign Office stated in the statement that the abolition of the Kashmiris by the IOJK had taken place through extrajudicial murders, torture during detention, enforced disappearances and imprisonment.
According to the Associated Press, Indian police claimed on Wednesday that the troops shot down three suspected terrorists during an exchange of fire, following which the occupying forces retrieved a rifle and two handguns.
Following the event, the 17-year-old Zakir Bashir’s family said that the troops had kidnapped him from his house and taken him into custody. They then murdered him while he was in jail, portraying him as a militant who died in a gunfight.
“The adolescent cricketer was reportedly severely abused by Indian occupation troops before being shot dead,” the Foreign Office stated in a statement.
The Indian occupation troops have extrajudicially killed 57 innocent Kashmiris this year alone, arbitrarily imprisoned and arrested 350 Kashmiris, and damaged 58 Kashmiri homes, according to the Foreign Office.
“India’s grave and systemic human rights abuses in IOJK deserve inquiry by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI), as recommended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its 2018 and 2019 reports,” it added.
The Foreign Office emphasized that India must understand that no amount of brutality would be able to subdue the Kashmiris or undermine their will in their fight for self-determination.
“We call on the international community to safeguard defenceless Kashmiris from heinous human rights violations in IOJK and to hold India accountable for major crimes against humanity,” the Foreign Office stated.