The Pakistan government on Friday decided to observe a nationwide black day on July 19 to mark solidarity with Kashmiris in the wake of clashes in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination, Radio Pakistan reported.
Addressing a cabinet meeting in Lahore, Sharif termed the movement of Kashmiris as a “movement of freedom”.
“Indian brutalities will give impetus to the freedom struggle,” Sharif said.
It was also decided that the government would convene the joint session of parliament to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharif’s statement comes after recent violence that has gripped Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8. More than 35 people have died in clashes between the security forces and unruly mobs since then.
India has reacted sharply to Pakistan’s decision. External Affairs ministry issued a statement saying that”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” the statement said.
At the United Nations on Thursday India has come down heavily against Pakistan for raking up Kashmir issue. India has said Pakistan is harbouring terrorists and is pursuing terrorism as a state policy.