LAHORE: Pakistan cabinet decided on Friday that it will observe a Black Day on July 19 in protest against the bloodbath in Kashmir, and also condemned the Indian government for calling slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani as a terrorist.
The cabinet, chaired by prime minister Nawaz Sharif, resolved that Pakistani embassies and across the world and Foreign Office should “register a protest against Indian atrocities by submitting resolutions to the United Nations”.
Federal minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo told Dawn 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.
India riled at Pak cabinet decision
India completely and unequivocally rejects the decision taken by the Pakistan cabinet. We are dismayed by the continued attempts by Pakistan to interfere in our internal matters. Continued glorification of terrorists belonging to proscribed terrorist organisations makes it amply clear where Pakistan’s sympathies continue to lie.
(Ministry of external affairs, India)
The premier and Pakistan’s foreign ministry recently angered India by referring to Wani, a commander of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen, as a “Kashmiri leader” and describing his death as an “extrajudicial killing”.
India has already dismissed Pakistan’s criticism of its handling of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and accused it of using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.
Despite the ire expressed by India, Sharif again described Wani as a martyr of (the) independence movement.
During the cabinet meeting, Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s stated position of extending moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination. He described the movement of Kashmiris as a movement of freedom.
He said that Indian brutalities will give impetus to the freedom struggle and said the Indian soldiers deployed in Jammu and Kashmir could not suppress the struggle of Kashmiris.
Sharif said the Kashmiri people will get their right to self-determination for which the whole Pakistani nation is standing behind them. He directed relevant departments to highlight atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir at international forums.
The cabinet also offered prayers for the martyrs of Kashmir.