Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday declared slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr” and said July 19 will be observed in Pakistan as “Black Day” to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Reacting to the statement, India asked Pakistan to desist from further interfering in its internal affairs and destabilising the situation in the region through support to terrorism and other subversive acts.
The Ministry of External Affairs also criticised Pakistan for continuing to glorify terrorists belonging to proscribed terrorist organisations, saying that it makes it amply clear where Pakistan’s sympathies lie.
Sharif announced that a joint session of Parliament would be convened to discuss the situation in Kashmir. “Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination,” Sharif was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.
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In Islamabad, Sharif directed all relevant departments to highlight the Kashmir issue at international fora. “Seven hundred thousand Indian soldiers deployed in Occupied Kashmir could not suppress the struggle of Kashmiris,” he was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.
In response, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “India completely and unequivocally rejects in entirety the decisions adopted by the Cabinet of Pakistan on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. We are dismayed at the continued attempts by Pakistan to interfere in our internal matters, where, we reiterate, Pakistan or any other external party has no locus standi.
“The self-serving actions by Pakistan in the last few days to derive political mileage out of the recent developments in
J&K follow planned infiltration and terrorism aimed at India from across the Line of Control and the International Boundary,” Swarup said.