Pakistan to observe black day over violence in Kashmir

Published: July 15, 2016
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PM Nawaz to convene joint session of parliament to discuss ongoing violence in Indian-held Kashmir. PHOTO: AFP

PM Nawaz to convene joint session of parliament to discuss ongoing violence in Indian-held Kashmir. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE / NEWS DESK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday announced that Pakistan will observe a ‘black day’ on Tuesday, July 19, in light of “the worst outbreak of violence in Kashmir” which killed at least 34 people.

The premier chaired a special meeting of the federal cabinet at Governor House Lahore, where the deteriorating situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) was discussed.

Indian Kashmir under curfew, phones blocked to pre-empt protest

“I and entire Pakistan nation steadfastly stand by Kashmiris against Indian oppression,” he said, according to details of the meeting as given by the PM’s Office.

“Indian tyranny will only strengthen the freedom movement in Kashmir,” PM Nawaz told those in attendance.

“Kashmir will get freedom and Pakistan will continue to support the people of Kashmir against Indian occupation,” he added.

Nawaz asserted that even 0.7 million Indian security forces personnel could not repress Kashmiris.

“If Indian forces continue with the horrendous practice of killing innocent, it will be a bad omen for the peace of the region,” he warned.

The cabinet said that Pakistan would play its role in ‘awakening the conscience’ of international community.

All institutions of the country would highlight the tyranny of Indian security forces, being meted to innocent Kashmiris, the participants said.

Premier Nawaz further announced his decision to convene a joint session of parliament to discuss the ongoing violence in Indian-held Kashmir.

IOK imposed a curfew on Friday and blocked mobile phone services to stop people from gathering in the streets and stage violent protests over the killing of a young separatist commander Burhan Wani by security forces.

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At least 34 people have been killed and 3,100 wounded, most of them in police firing, in the worst outbreak of violence in six years in the disputed territory. Pakistan strongly condemned Wani’s extrajudicial killing and has sought investigations into his and other civilians’ deaths in the disputed valley.

The foreign secretary told the Indian envoy that the use of excessive force against innocent civilians protesting peacefully over extrajudicial killings “is deplorable and a blatant violation of the right to life, right to freedom of expression and opinion, right to peaceful protest, right to peaceful assembly and other fundamental rights”, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

Indian reaction

Meanwhile, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said it rejects the decision adopted by the federal cabinet regarding the situation in Kashmir.

“We are dismayed at the continued attempts by Pakistan to interfere in our internal matters,” said Foreign Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup in a statement on Friday.

The spokesperson went on to add that “continued glorification of terrorists belonging to proscribed terrorist organisations makes it amply clear where Pakistan’s sympathies continue to lie.”

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Reader Comments (12)

  • veritime
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:23PM

    all efforts for domestic consumption due to upcoming election in kashmirRecommend

  • Jerry
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:52PM

    Need to rally Muslim countries support to pressurize India if Pakistan has a fully functional foreign office.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:59PM

    Throwing stones and attacking police stations doesnt not come under freedom of expression.
    Pakistan herself dont have right to life, right to freedom of expression and opinion, right to peaceful protest, right to peaceful assembly and other fundamental rights.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:07PM

    What other proof required that Pak is interefearing in Kashmir’s affairs ? Wani was Kashmiri and as of now for all practical purposes Kashmir is a part of India so why is Pak interested in that . Recommend

  • Ravi
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:17PM

    This is a good chance to divert issue from Panama corruption . Go Nawaz Go!!!Recommend

  • whatever
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:33PM

    was there any black day when Salman Taseer, Sabina Mehmood, Sabri got killed? was there any black day when Abdus Salam got declared as non Muslim because he was from Ahmedi community? whenever any terrorist get killed whether it is Osama, Mansoor or Burhan Pakistan makes a lot of hue and cry. better Pakistan must stop using terrorist as their tools to achieve strategic depthRecommend

  • Balachandar V
    Jul 15, 2016 - 6:32PM

    You won’t get inch from India.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Jul 15, 2016 - 7:15PM

    The longevity of life of Pakistan civilian government has been an issue since panama leak. What better way to survive then taking a tough stand against india. Recommend

  • HZR
    Jul 15, 2016 - 10:17PM

    Good,then India can observe a black day for human rights violations in Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jul 16, 2016 - 1:23AM

    Pakistan is the Don Quixote of the world. Tilting at Windmills!Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jul 16, 2016 - 4:55AM

    And Shukrana (Thanks Day) for what happened in France.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Jul 16, 2016 - 5:50AM

    Why 19 July??? I mean pretty much everyday is a black day in Pakistan because of load shedding. Do they want to make an official day for crisis of load shedding????Recommend

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