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Pakistan declares 'Black Day' over Kashmir; India hits back, says don't meddle in internal matter

Fearing large scale violence after Friday prayers, authorities clamped curfew in all the 10 districts of the Valley on Friday.


Pakistan declares 'Black Day' over Kashmir; India hits back, says don't meddle in internal matter

New Delhi: India on Friday reacted strongly to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement that his country will observe July 19 as black day against death of civilians in Kashmir.

While hitting back at the hostile neighbouring country, India said, "It completely and unequivocally rejects in entirety the decisions adopted by the Pakistan Cabinet on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir."

Lashing out at Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying, “We are dismayed at the continued attempts by Pakistan to interfere in our internal matters.”

“The self serving actions by Pakistan in the last few days to derive political mileage out of the recent developments in J&K follow planned infiltration and and terrorism aimed at India from across the Line of Control and International Boundary. The attempts in Pakistan by various players to ingratiate themselves to the people of J&K in the run up to the so called elections in territories under Pakistan's illegal occupation will not succeed,” MEA's statement read.

Earlier in the day, Pakistani media reported that Pakistan Premier has announced that his country will observe July 19 as black day against death of civilians in Kashmir.

Speaking at the Special Cabinet meeting held at the Governor House in Lahore, Sharif said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.

Fearing large scale violence after Friday prayers, authorities clamped curfew in all the 10 districts of the Valley on Friday.

To prevent the spread of passion-stoking rumours and posts on social media by anti-social elements, authorities have suspended all internet and mobile phone connectivity in the Valley.

For the last six days, mobile phone operations and internet connectivity had been suspended in South Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Khugam and Pulwama.

So far, 36 persons, including 35 civilial protesters and a local policeman have died in clashes between security forces and unruly mobs those hit the roads after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed with two of his associates in Bamdora village of Kukarnag area of Anantnag district on last Friday.

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