India on Thursday came down heavily on Pakistan for it’s encouragement and support to UN-designated terrorists and their activities.
In a statement to the media, Ministry of External Affairs told Pakistan to refrain from deplorable meddling in India’s internal affairs in any manner. It also lashed out at Pakistan’s observance of ‘Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan Day’ saying it exposes Pakistan’s longing for the territory of J&K.
“India asks Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of the country. Pak must also stop misleading the international community and Kashmiris through meaningless exercises such as the so-called elections today in PoK which Pakistan ironically calls ‘Azad’ (free),” said MEA in a statement.
The MEA also urged Pakistan to ensure full safety and security of the High Commission, all its officials and their families in Pakistan in view of the threats of marches and protests at the High Commission of India in Islamabad.
India’s retort comes a day after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Kashmir is not an internal matter of India, and asked India to hold a plebiscite there to respect the rights of Kashmiris.
In his message, Sharif had said, “Today we are observing Black Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris and are giving a strong message to the world that Pakistanis are with them (Kashmiris) for their struggle to get their rights.”
Sharif said India was committing human rights violation in the “occupied territory” which is a matter of great concern for the world community.
The Prime Minister has earlier directed all relevant departments to highlight the Kashmir issue at international fora.
To observe the Black Day, rallies and events were held across the country and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to draw attention of the world towards the Kashmir issue.
All officials of federal and provincial governments were seen wearing black band on duty to express “political, moral and diplomatic support” to Kashmiris.
On the government’s order, Pakistani missions abroad will hold ceremonies there to draw world’s attention towards Kashmir.