Indian forces have launched all-out war on Kashmiri students, says FO

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Indian policemen prepare to fire tear gas on Kashmiri protesters who were supporting protesting students in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday fired tear gas to stop student demonstrations as sporadic protests by students continued on straight fourth day even as authorities closed colleges and universities in the restive region. The students have been protesting since Monday against a police raid in a college in southern Pulwama town on Saturday in which at least 50 students were injured. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said Indian forces in India-held Kashmir launched an operation against educational institutions in the disputed valley and have launched an “all out war on Kashmiri students”. “They have attacked women education institutions as well. A dozen colleges have been attacked, injuring thousands of students – both boys and girls,” said the FO in its weekly briefing. “Last week, Indian Home Minister claimed that Indian government will control the situation within a year and showed his determination to do with whatever it takes,” added the FO. Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson at the FO, said harrowing stories from Indian-held Kashmir continue to raise concerns in Pakistan. He further said, “Use of brute force against innocent Kashmiris, who refused to participate in the sham elections, cannot suppress their human urge of freedom.” The FO further said that India has openly violated human rights in Kashmir and has displayed a complete disregard for the UN Charter, adding that recently leaked videos openly showing use of human shields and beatings by the “occupation forces, is a manifestation”. Zakaria also mentioned the banning of social media in the held valley, and said the steps were taken by the Indian government to ensure that “reports of crimes against humanity committed by Indian occupation forces do not go out of IOK”