India strongly condemned Pakistan on Friday for its announcement that July 19 would be observed as “black day” to express solidarity with Kashmiris over killing of Burhan Wani, the slain Hizbul commander. The External Affairs Ministry also slammed Islamabad for interfering in India’s internal affairs and glorifying terrorism.
“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,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
The statement came in the wake of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calling Wani as a “martyr.”
“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. The attempts in Pakistan by various players to ingratiate themselves to the people of J&K in the run up to the so called elections in territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation will not succeed,” Swarup said.