Pakistan condemns India terming Wani a terrorist

Despite a lockdown in place for seven days, protests and violent clashes continued in Himalayan region after Friday prayers on July 15.

Indian troops armed with automatic rifles and in riot gear fanned across villages and towns in Kashmir on Friday, ordering residents to stay indoors as a blanket curfew remained in force.

The teen died, while three protesters were critically wounded, when Indian soldiers opened fire on an angry group that attacked their camp with stones in the frontier Kupwara area, a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

Over the last week, 37 people have been killed and more than 3,000 injured in clashes that followed Wani's death.

"When was the last time that you heard the United States talk about resolving Kashmir through talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri people".

In his address at the special cabinet meeting, Sharif had said that "Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination".

India on Friday rejected Pakistan's decision to observe July 19 as a "Black Day" in a bid to mark solidarity with Kashmiris.

Pakistan raised Indian hackles when it described Wani as a Kashmiri leader and described his killing as "extrajudicial".

Asserting that the attempts in Pakistan by various players to ingratiate themselves to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the run-up to the so-called elections in territories under Pakistan's illegal occupation won't succeed, Swarup said New Delhi hopes Islamabad will desist from further interfering in India's internal affairs and destabilising the situation in South Asia through support to terrorism and other subversive acts.

In a statement released by Sharif's office, the prime minister said a joint meeting of the National Assembly and the Senate would be convened to discuss Kashmir.

Meanwhile, New Delhi eye specialists who went to Kashmir to help expressed concern over the use of pellet guns by Indian security forces. The use of live ammunition by the police was responsible for numerous deaths, while the firing of plastic pellets has caused multiple injuries.

The premier and Pakistan's foreign ministry had recently angered India by referring to Wani, a commander of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen, as a "Kashmiri leader" and describing his death on July 8 as an "extrajudicial killing".

Officials said at least 1,500 injured have been treated in hospitals for various injuries.

Earlier, at the outset of the meeting, the cabinet offered fateha for the departed souls of celebrated philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri and Shuhada-e-Kashmir (Kashmiri martyrs).

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