July 2016 News

Pakistan Defence Minister Now Draws Parallel Between Kashmir Unrest And Gujarat Riots

15 July 2016
The Indian Express

New Delhi: In comments that are likely to fuel the fire between India and Pakistan, Khawaja M Asif, Pakistan's Federal Minister of Water, Power and Defence drew a parallel between the current unrest in Kashmir to the Gujarat riots of 2002. He called the violence in Kashmir 'extention & re enactment of ethnic cleansing started by Modi in Gujrat.' The comments came on Asif's Twitter handle earlier today. Massacre & genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir is extention & re enactment of ethnic cleansing started by Modi in Gujrat.. - Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) July 15, 2016 At a special cabinet meeting in Lahore today, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif called slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani a 'martyr' and announced that July 19 will be observed as a 'black day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.' The move came after days of India telling Pakistan not to interfere in its internal affairs. In a strongly-worded statement, India's ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said Pakistan 'covets territory of others and uses terrorism as state policy.' Asif's comments may deteriorate the already-fragile ties between the two countries. The current unrest in Jammu and Kashmir began after the killing of Burhan Wani in a special operation and has led to the death of at least 36 people. The Kashmir Valley has witnessed clashes between protesters and security forces at several places. Curfew remains clamped in many districts. The Amarnath Yatra remained suspended for the second consecutive day.