Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday said India and Pakistan should come together with the United Nations to stop the “inhumanity and heartbreak” in Kashmir, DNA has reported.
“The Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights… They should live free of fear and repression,” Yousafzai was quoted as saying in the report.
“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,” she said.
Malala said that dozens of unarmed protesters have been killed and thousands wounded, including hundreds of people blinded by pellet guns used to put down demonstrations.
“Due to the weeks-long curfew imposed in India-held Kashmir, many schools have been closed… keeping children away from their classrooms. I stand with the people of Kashmir,” she said. “My 14 million Kashmiri sisters and brothers have always been close to my heart.”
Over 70 people have been killed in Kashmir during clashes with security forces after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani sparked protests across the region.