Kashmir unrest

Pakistani MPs condemn India’s ‘use of force’ in Kashmir

Pakistan’s parliament has unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the “brutal use of force” by Indian army troops in Kashmir.

On Friday, Pakistani lawmakers called on the international community to carry out an independent investigation into “gross human rights violations” in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.

The resolution said Kashmir was not an integral part of India.

Kashmir lies at the heart of a bitter territorial dispute between India and Pakistan since they became independent and partitioned in 1947. Both neighbors claim the region in full, but have partial control over it.

Tensions erupted in Kashmir when mass protests began over the killing of a pro-independence figure in early July. Thousands of Indian government troops have been deployed to Indian-controlled Kashmir and over 80 people have lost their lives in the ensuing crackdown.

Protesters clash with Indian government troops in Srinagar, the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir, July 14, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The Pakistani parliamentarians also dismissed allegations by the Indian government against Islamabad that Pakistan was involved in a militant attack on an Indian base that left 17 Indian soldiers dead in September.

New Delhi accused Pakistani-based militants of being behind the September 18 attack. Islamabad has denied the accusation.

The parliamentary resolution also accused India of “sponsoring terrorism” in Pakistan.

By Press TV