Imran Khan condemns civilian killings in Pulwama, says he will raise Kashmir dispute at United Nations

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday condemned the killing of seven civilians in Kashmir's Pulwama and threatened to raise the issue at the United Nations (UN).

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Reuters

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Reuters

Seven civilians died Saturday when security forces opened fire at an unruly mob that thronged the site of an encounter in south Kashmir's Pulwama district in which three militants and an army jawan were killed.

In Srinagar, the army urged people not to march towards the headquarters of its Chinar Corps on the call of separatists to protest the killing of the civilians.

Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP said the responsibility of such deaths lie with separatists and supporters of militants, including the mainstream political parties.

Khan took to Twitter to condemn the incident, saying only dialogue and not violence and killings will resolve this conflict. He threatened to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN and said the country will demand that the UN Security Council fulfill its plebiscite commitment in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Office condemned the incident and said that Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally recognised dispute, pending on the agenda of the UN Security Council and the dissociation of India from reality was alarming.

"The Government and the people of Pakistan reaffirm their continued and resolute moral, diplomatic and political support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle," it said.

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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2018 23:46:56 IST

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