July 2016 News

'Refrain From Interfering': India Tells Pakistan Over Kashmir Statements

11 July 2016
Times of India

New Delhi: India has slammed Islamabad asking it to 'refraining from interfering' in its internal affairs after Pakistan made provocative comments about the last few days' violence in Kashmir. On Sunday night, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz expressed 'deep shock' over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, and criticized the use of 'excessive' force against civilians in the Valley. And on Monday, Pakistan summoned India's high commissioner in Islamabad and expressed concern over 'brutal use of force' in Kashmir. 'The statements show Pakistan's continued attachment to terrorism and its usage as an instrument of state policy,' the ministry of external affairs said on Monday. Just before the MEA's statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a five-day trip to Africa, also alluded to Pakistan when he talked about countries that support terrorism. 'Those giving shelter to terrorists and using them as political instruments must be condemned,' the PM said in an address to students at the University of Nairobi. Wani was killed by security forces on Friday. Protests erupted after the killing leading to clashes between civilians and security forces. As many as 23 people have been killed, including one policeman. On Sunday night, in a statement, Pakistan PM Sharif even invoked the United Nations Security Council when talking about the violence in Kashmir after Wani's killing. 'The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed his deep shock at the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians by the Indian military and paramilitary forces,' Sharif's office said in the statement. 'Oppressive measures such as these cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu & Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions,' the statement also said. Earlier on Monday, Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed went so far as to call the slain militant Wani a martyr, and also held a prayer meeting for him. He said that 'many more Burhan Wanis' will fight against India. . Saeed also welcomed the statements from Sharif and said the Pakistan government should raise the issue at an international level soon, as the 'movement' has gained momentum. 'I urge Pakistan government to avail this opportunity and announce its open support for those who seek freedom,' Saeed, the Jamaat-ud Dawah chief, said in a recorded message.