Pakistan condemns India terming Wani a terrorist

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Islamabad, July 15 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday chaired a cabinet meeting in which top government officials condemned the labelling of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a terrorist by the Indian government.

Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo told the media that cabinet members agreed that all Pakistani embassies located worldwide as well as the Foreign Office should register a protest against “Indian atrocities” in Jammu and Kashmir by submitting resolutions to the UN, Dawn online reported.

Members of 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, Bizenjo said.

The government also announced that Pakistan would observe a Black Day over violence in Kashmir on July 19.

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Wani was killed on July 8 in the southern Kashmir’s Kokernag area along with two other militants in a gun battle. His death has led to widespread protests and clashes in the Kashmir Valley, leading to over 35 deaths.

Pakistan on Sunday condemned what it termed Wani’s “extra-judicial” killing.

Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup asked Pakistan to refrain from issuing statements on the Kashmir unrest, terming it an interference in India’s internal affairs.



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