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ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN---NEWS SUMMARY

03-08-2000

Pakistan rejects allegation of killing of civilians in IHK

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 3 (APP)- Pakistan Wednesday said that the initial reports do not rule out the possibility of killings of many civilian lives resulting from firing by the Indian forces. Asked to comment, the Foreign Office Spokesman said, Pakistan has already condemned the reported loss of many civilian lives in an attack on August 1 near Pahalgam in Indian Held Kashmir. On previous occasions, terrorist acts aimed at civilians have been carried out by renegade elements, at the behest of the Indian security forces to malign the Kashmiri freedom struggle internationally. He was responding to a New Delhi report quoting Indian premier Attal Behari Vajpayee alleging that groups owing allegiance to Pakistan were involved in the killing of innocent civilians. Brushing aside the claim, the Spokesman said the international community expects India to end its repression against Kashmiri people and sincerely pursue a negotiated settlement of the Kashmiri problem. "It is an attempt to divide the Kashmiri freedom movement, which has shown great determination and has remained united in the case of years of brutal Indian repression," the Spokesman said. The Kashmiri freedom struggle, he said, is an indigenous matter and is being waged by the Kashmiri people themselves. The Spokesman said that at the present important juncture when India is beginning to realise the futility of its efforts to impose a military solution of Kashmir, it is attempting to divide the Kashmiri freedom movement, which has shown great determination and has remained united in the face of years of brutal Indian repression.