Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted Pakistan on its Independence Day, notwithstanding the chill…
NEW DELHI: Pakistan just will not back down. Now its representative in India has said that Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration is dedicated to “Kashmir getting freedom”. As has Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“Is saal ki Jashn e Azadi hum Kashmir ki Azadi ke naam karte hain,” Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s high commissioner to Delhi said on Saturday, according to ANI. That translates to “This year’s independence day celebrations are in the name of Kashmir’s (future) independence.”
In Pakistan, Sharif, to, dedicated the day “to the freedom movement in Kashmir.” “I dedicate this year’s 14th August to the freedom of Kashmir,” the Express Tribune quoted Sharif as saying. Pakistan celebrate its Independence on August 14.
This latest provocation comes after Pakistan last week proposed foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir and the ongoing unrest there, an issue India described as irrelevant to any Indo-Pak dialogue.
PM Modi said on Friday that “relevant issues” to discuss with Pakistan are its support for cross-border terrorism , its inciting of violence in Kashmir and it allowing UN-sanctioned terrorists like Hafiz Saeed operate freely on its soil. As for Kashmir, yes, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) is an issue India would like to discuss, Modi said. Except that POK is not on the table for discussion as far as Pakistan is concerned.
“The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by our neighbouring country. Due to terrorism normal life in Kashmir Valley is affected,” Modi also said on Friday.
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Pakistan has continued to make provocative comments about Kashmir since India’s security services on July 8 gunned down 22-year-old terrorist Burhan Muzaffar Wani. A mere two days after Wani was killed, Pakistan began its sabre rattling. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif+ expressed “deep shock” over the killing of Wani, and criticized the use of “excessive” force against civilians in the valley.