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Pakistan warns of “genocide” in Kashmir

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday ( September 10) that India's "illegal military occupation" of the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raises the spectre of "genocide".

India revoked the autonomy of the disputed region, home to 8 million people and a flashpoint for the nuclear-armed neighbours, on Aug. 5.

India and Pakistan both rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. They have fought two wars over the region and their forces regularly trade fire across a 740-km (466-mile) Line of Control, which is the de facto border.

India has battled separatist militants in its part of Kashmir since the late 1980s, accusing Muslim Pakistan of supporting them. Pakistan denies that, saying it only offers political support to the people of Kashmir.

(Production: Emilie Delwarde)

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