India hits back at Pakistan cabinet's decisions on Kashmir

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India on Friday “completely and unquivoally” rejected the decisions adopted by the Pakistani cabinet earlier in the day on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

"India completely and unequivocally rejects in entirety the decisions adopted by the cabinet of Pakistan on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in response to a query on the issue.

“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,” he said.

“Continued glorification of terrorists belonging to proscribed terrorist organisations makes it amply clear where Pakistan’s sympathies continue to lie.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday chaired a cabinet meeting on the situation in Kashmir arising out of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Over 35 people have died in large-scale violence in Kashmir following the death of Wani, 22, in a gunfight on July 8 along with two of his associates.

In the meeting in Islamabad, top government officials condemned the labelling of Wani as a terrorist by the Indian government.

Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo told the media that cabinet members agreed that all Pakistani embassies located worldwide as well as the Foreign Office should register a protest against "Indian atrocities" in Jammu and Kashmir by submitting resolutions to the UN, Dawn online reported.

Members of the cabinet also decided to call a joint session of parliament to discuss the Kashmir issue, but a date for the session was not agreed upon, Bizenjo said.

The government also announced that Pakistan would observe a Black Day over violence in Kashmir on July 19.

Swarup said “the self serving actions by Pakistan in the last few days to derive political mileage out of the recent developments in Jammu and and Kashmir follow planned infiltration and terrorism aimed at India from across the Line of Control and the international boundary”.

“The attempts in Pakistan by various players to ingratiate themselves to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the run up to the so called elections in territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation will not succeed,” he said.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan should desist from further interfering in India’s internal affairs and “destabilising the situation in South Asia through support to terrorism and other subversive acts”.

“We also hope that Pakistan will respond constructively to India’s initiatives for peace and normalizing the India Pakistan relationship.” he added.

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