Modi calls emergency meeting as Kashmir death toll rises

Rejecting India’s notion that deteriorating human rights situation in Indian-held Kashmir is an internal affair, he stressed on India to implement UNSC’s resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

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The Foreign Secretary also rejected Indian claims that Kashmir is an internal affair of India and emphasized the disputed nature of the territory.

At least 30 people have been killed so far in violent protests in the Kashmir Valley following Wani’s killing.

It was emphasised that oppressive measures can not deter the valiant people of the Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, the statement said.

Kashmir remained locked down amid reports of continuing protests and violence for a third day on Monday, as the government began efforts to forge a political consensus in Delhi to deal with the unrest sparked by the killing of a young militant commander. The Prime Minister said it was “deplorable that excessive and unlawful force was used against the civilians” who were protesting against the killing of Wani.

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday called for a plebiscite in “occupied” Jammu and Kashmir to let its people decide if they want to be with India or align with Pakistan.

Sharif said “unarmed Kashmiris can not be deterred from their rightful struggle for self determination at gunpoint” and that the right to self determination was justified by United Nations resolutions.

But police put the death toll at 23. Wani, in his early 20s, had become the iconic face of Kashmir’s militancy, using social media to rally supporters and reach out to other youths like him who had grown up amid hundreds of thousands of Indian armed forces deployed across the region.

The protests erupted Saturday, a day after Indian troops killed Burhan Wani, the young leader of Kashmir’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, which has been fighting since the 1990s against Indian rule.

On the Indian side, numerous 12 million residents resent the Indian troop presence and back rebel demands for independence or a merger with neighboring Pakistan. Numerous victims suffered eye injuries due to pellet guns and may lose eyesight. Hundreds of civilians and at least 100 troops have been injured.

“Doctors are working in operating theatres round-the-clock”.

“Strict curfew shall continue in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama districts in south and Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Bandipora towns in the north”, a senior police official told IANS.

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“I can’t see anything right now”, the boy said, declining to give his name as he wiped away tears that were dripping out of the sides of his bandaged eyes.

Protesters run for cover as a teargas shell explodes during clashes in the outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday. Shuaib Masoodi