India asks Pakistan to desist from interfering in its internal affairs

Slain Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is seen on right in this file

PTI Slain Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is seen on right in this file

There was "no Kashmir issue" between India and Pakistan, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday, asserting that the only outstanding matter was how to retrieve the part of Jammu and Kashmir under illegal occupation of the neighbouring country.

The largest protests in years erupted last weekend after Indian troops killed the young leader of the largest Kashmiri rebel group in a gunbattle.

In continued violence on Friday, militants hurled a grenade at a police station in Kulgam district of south Kashmir killing a Constable and injuring eight policemen.

The CRPP members, Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani, Amit Bhattacharyya, Sujato Bhadra, MN Ravunni, Jagmohan Singh, Sukhendu Bhattacharjee, Malem Hany Babu and Rona Wilson in a statement issued in New Delhi said that once again occupied Kashmir was witnessing unprecedented upsurge of its people.

"India completely and unequivocally rejects in entirety the decisions adopted by the cabinet of Pakistan on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir", said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.

"Pakistan has no locus standi in our internal matters".

India's excoriation of Pakistan was mild compared to what transpired in the US Congress a few hours before.

Reacting to Pakistan's statement describing slain terrorist Wani as "martyr", Singh said, "Regardless of how anyone describes anybody, as far as India is concerned it has reiterated a couple of times that there is an approach of zero tolerance towards terrorism".

The meeting reiterated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) commitment to raise the burning issue of Kashmir on the global front.

"Massacre and genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir is extention & re-enactment of ethnic cleansing started by Modi in Gujrat (sic)", he tweeted.

Pak Cabinet calls for "black day" over violence in Kashmir; likens clashes in Kashmir to Gujarat riots of 2002. Sharif also announced to convene a joint session of the parliament to discuss the situation in Kashmir. Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said the cabinet meeting was exclusively called to develop a consensus on extending full support to the Kashmirs.

"Obviously we're gravely concerned about this situation".

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