"I stand with the people of Kashmir," she added.

Kashmiris should live free of fear and repression Malala calls on UNFile photo: Facebook/Malala Fund
news News Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - 07:43

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday called on the United Nations, Pakistan and India to work together to find a solution to ensure peace in Kashmir.

Dawn quoted the 19-year-old as saying "The Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights... They should live free of fear and repression. I call on the United Nations, the international community and India and Pakistan to work together with utmost urgency to right these wrongs, providing the people of Kashmir with the dignity, respect and freedom they deserve."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused Pakistan of spreading terror and using terrorism as an instrument of state policy at the G20 Summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

"There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy. One single nation in South Asia is spreading agents of terror in our region," he said, without naming Pakistan.

Many people have been killed and several are injured after protesters clashed with Indian forces following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

The Dawn report also quotes Malala as saying:

"Dozens of unarmed protesters have been killed and thousands wounded, including hundreds of people blinded by pellet guns used to put down demonstrations...many schools have been closed... keeping children away from their classrooms. I stand with the people of Kashmir. My 14 million Kashmiri sisters and brothers have always been close to my heart."

India's ties with Pakistan have soured after Islamabad declared Wani, shot dead by security forces, a "martyr".

"For us a terrorist is a terrorist," Modi said in the G20 summit.

 

Inputs IANS

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