Pakistani teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has urged India, Pakistan and the United Nations to come together and put an end to the ‘inhumanity and heartbreak’ in Kashmir which has been on the boil since July 8 killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani.
“The Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights... They should live free of fear and repression. I call on the United Nations, the international community and India and Pakistan to work together with utmost urgency to right these wrongs, providing the people of Kashmir with the dignity, respect and freedom they deserve,” Pakistan news website Dawn quoted her as saying.
She pointed out that due to strict curfew imposed in Kashmir, ‘many schools have been closed, keeping children away from their classrooms’.
“I stand with the people of Kashmir. My 14 million (140 lakh) Kashmiri sisters and brothers have always been close to my heart,” she said.
"Dozens of unarmed protesters have been killed and thousands wounded," she said, "...including hundreds of people blinded by pellet guns used to put down demonstrations, many schools have been closed...keeping children away from their classrooms."
The killing of Hizbul militant in an encounter on July 8 had sparked protests across Kashmir. So far 75 people have lost their lives in the violence fuelled by Pakistan.