India Directs Ire at Pakistan as Tensions Flare in Kashmir

It will see to it what non-lethal alternatives we can bring in place of pellet guns.

Stressing that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir would soon become normal, the home minister said, "Our neighbour is conspiring to disturb the situation in the Kashmir Valley in the name of the religion".

"We seek guidance from you all as the parties here have worked in Kashmir for decades", added.

After Pakistan observed "Kashmir Accession to Pakistan Day" on July 19 and Black Day on Kashmir (July 20) to mark the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, India hit back on Thursday, demanding that Islamabad give up its illegal occupation of PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and stop supporting violence and terrorism on Indian territory.

Both India and Pakistan claim the entire Kashmir territory.

Pakistan played a "key role" in fomenting the recent trouble in Kashmir and it was sponsoring terrorism in India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Reports state that Saeed also asked the Pakistan government to immediately suspend diplomatic and trade ties with India, expel the Indian envoy and recall its high commissioner from New Delhi.

"Our neighbours are trying to destabilise India".

"India strongly condemns the encouragement and support which such terrorists and their activities receive from Pakistan's state".

The Prime Minister said Kashmiris' movement was their struggle for freedom and stressed that by suppressing the voice of Kashmiri people, India could not legitimize its occupation in Kashmir.

This was said in a statement by Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria who said the Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute and that the people of Indian-Occupied Kashmir have the right to decide their future.

Dr. Kaisar Ahmad, Principal at Government Medical College Srinagar, told Reuters that over 280 people had been treated for pellet injuries since July 9 when violence broke out in Kashmir during protests sparked by the death of a separatist militant.

The participants of the protest expressed their grave concerns about the ongoing killings of civilians by Indian security forces in the towns and villages of Kashmir. He accused Indian armed forces of using live ammunition on mobs. "It is being reported that around 400 injured are in critical condition and more than 70 of the injured may have become permanently blind", Aziz noted.

They also condemned the brutal use of force in Kashmir and urged the global community to condemn the blatant human rights violations in Kashmir and play their role by fulfilling its commitments under the UNSC resolutions and ensuring the people of the restive valley were given their due rights.

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