Index

ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN---NEWS SUMMARY

03-08-2000

Pak condemns Indian forces’ attack on civilian population: FO spokesman

ISLAMABAD, Aug 3 (APP): Pakistan has condemned the reported loss of many civilian lives in an attack on August one near Pahalgam in Indian Held Kashmir. A spokesman of the foreign office said here on Wednesday that at the present important juncture, when India is beginning to realise the futility of its efforts to impose a military solution on 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. The international community expects India to end its repression against the Kashmiri people and sincerely pursue a negotiated peaceful settlement, in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the United Nations resolutions, through dialogue with Pakistan. Initial reports do not rule out the possibility of killings resulting from firing by the Indian forces. 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.