Saturday Jul 11, 2020
Recalling the “shocking” and “appalling” memories of the Srebrenica massacre where 8,000 Muslims were killed 25 years ago, Prime Minister Imran Khan called on the world community to take notice and prevent the recurrence of a similar genocide in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
“I remember the day very well. I remember when it happened. Along with most people who have feelings of humanity, we were shocked. We were appalled that how in what was a safe haven of the United Nations peacekeeping force, how in a safe haven, this massacre was allowed to take place.
"I still remember 25 years ago when it happened. I still feel the shock over how such a thing could have been allowed by the world community. I think it's important for us to learn lessons from that. The world community must not allow such things to happen again,” the prime minister said in his televised message to the nation and the world community on the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.
More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after the Bosnian Serb Army attacked Srebrenica, a designated UN safe area, on July 10-11, 1995, despite the presence of UN peacekeepers.
In addition to the killings, more than 20,000 civilians were expelled from the area. The massacre is termed the worst episode of mass murder within Europe since World War II.
The prime minister said 800,000 Indian troops have besieged eight million people of Kashmir.
“And we all fear that a similar sort of massacre might follow there. The world community must take notice and never allow such acts to take place again,” the prime minister reiterated.
He also conveyed his greetings and best wishes to the people of Bosnia, from the people of Pakistan.