India slams Pakistan over statements on Kashmir

NEW DELHI, — Indian Government on Monday rejected statements made by the Pakistani leadership over current developments in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir and advised Islamabad not to interfere in India’s internal matters.

This is amid local reports that the death toll in ongoing clashes between Indian security forces and protesters reached 32 people.

Spokesman of the Indian External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup, in a strongly worded reaction to the Pakistani stand towards the killing of Kashmiri separatist leader and Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahidden commander Burhan Wani, said the statements reflect “Islamabad’s connection with terrorism and Pakistan’s use of it as an instrument of state policy.” Swarup also asked Islamabad to stop interfering in the internal affairs of others. “We have seen statements from Pakistan on the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. They reflect PakistanA�AEuros �s continued attachment to terrorism and its usage as an instrument of state policy. Pakistan is advised to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbors,” the Indian statement said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shrif earlier today expressed his shock at the Burhan Wani’s killing by the Indian security apparatus and criticised the Indian security forces action in Kashmir.

A statement from the Office of Prime Minister of Pakistan stated: “The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed his deep shock at the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians by the Indian military and paramilitary forces,” adding “it was deplorable that excessive and unlawful force was used against the civilians protesting against the killing of Wani.” He further said: “Oppressive measures such as these cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.” Pakistan also condemned strongly the continued killing of innocent people during the protest waves in the disputed Kashmir over the killing of Wani.

Source: Kuwait News Agency