Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday condemned the killings of seven civilians in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. He also stressed on the need for dialogue to resolve the “conflict” in the state and vowed to raise the issue of alleged “violation of human rights” with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Taking to Twitter, Pak PM said; "Strongly condemn the killing of innocent Kashmiri civilians in Pulwama by Indian security forces. Only dialogue and not violence and killings will resolve this conflict. We will raise the issue of India’s human rights violations and demand UNSC to fulfil its J&K plebiscite commitment.”
In another tweet, he said; "Kashmiris must be allowed to decide their future.”
Seven people, including two minors, were killed and at least 23 other civilians were injured when security forces opened fire on protesters after an encounter, in which three militants and an Armyman were killed at Sirnoo village of the district on Saturday morning. While police said the civilians were killed when they came “dangerously close” to the site of the encounter, eyewitnesses said they were killed more than an hour after the gunfight.
Separatists under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, have called for a three-day strike in the state to protest against the killings.