After Pakistan observed ‘Kashmir Accession to Pakistan Day’ on July 19 and Black Day on Kashmir (July 20) to mark the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, India hit back on Thursday , demanding that Islamabad give up its illegal occupation of PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and stop supporting violence and terrorism on Indian territory .
India said it had noted that the events of July 20 were led by UN-designated terrorists, who had also protested the elimination of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour among others. “India strongly condemns the encouragement and support which such terrorists and their activities receive from Pakistan’s state,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.”India demands that Pakistan must fulfil the obligation to vacate its illegal occupation of PoK.” We once again ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of our country and refrain from its deplorable meddling in our internal affairs in any manner,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan’s PM on foreign affairs, had earlier accused India of sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir, saying Pakistan would ask the UN Human Rights Council to send a factfinding team to J&K and to ban the use of pellet guns.
Protests in Pakistan and other events on the occasion of what it described as Black Day on Kashmir were led and supported by not just the likes of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin but also Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar, an accused in the recent Pathankot airbase attack case. Azhar, in fact, was quoted as having said that the Pathankot terror attack had lifted the spirits of Kashmiris and that it was important for Pakistan to support jihad in the state.
India’s foreign ministry said the observance of Black Day and Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan Day exposed Pakistan’s longing for the territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The government asked Pakistan not to mislead the international community and Kashmiris through “meaningless exercises such as the so-called elections today in PoK which Pakistan ironically Azad’ (free).”
India also asked Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of the Indian high commission and its officials in the country in view of the threat of marches and protests at the mission.At least 43 people have died and more than 3,000 have been injured in the violence that erupted in Kashmir after the killing of 22-year-old Wani by security forces on July 8. India has accused Pakistan of not only pushing in terrorists but also fanning discontent within the Valley by providing support to terrorist outfits in fomenting the recent trouble in Kashmir.
Pakistan used Wani’s killing to attack India at the United Nations and issued statements where it accused India of atrocities in Kashmir. Pakistan observed `Black Day’ on July 20 to express solidarity with the people of the Valley over the killing of Wani.