Indian-controlled Kashmir under curfew after clashes

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".

A congressional hearing in Washington and the United Nations general assembly were the forums for Pakistan's public shaming after its representatives tried to rake up the Kashmir situation in the wake of the violence in the Indian state.

"India completely and unequivocally rejects in entirety the decisions adopted by the Cabinet of Pakistan on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir".

"Pakistan, which is raking up the Kashmir issue and human rights issues, should care about human rights violations taking place in Balochistan, Baltistan and PoK", he said.

The cabinet decided that "black day" will be observed on Tuesday (July 19). India asked Pakistan to desist from interfering in its internal affairs.

The ministry also hit out at Pakistan for continuing to glorify terrorists belonging to proscribed terror groups, saying it makes amply clear where Pakistan's sympathies lie. We are dismayed by the continued attempts by Pakistan to interfere in our internal matters.

The main opposition party, Congress, also criticised Pakistan's attempts to fish in troubled waters.

Expressing "grave concern" over the killings of anti-India protesters in Indian occupied Kashmir, the United States has said that it is holding discussions with both India and Pakistan aimed at a peaceful resolution of the deteriorating situation there.

Calling on the UN to fulfil its incomplete agenda on Kashmir, Nawaz said he and the entire Pakistan nation steadfastly stood by Kashmiris against the Indian oppression.

Jammu: Union Minister Jitendra Singh today told Pakistan that Kashmir is not an issue between New Delhi and Islamabad and that the only outstanding matter is how to retrieve the part of Jammu and Kashmir which remains under illegal occupation of the neighbouring country. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went ahead to label Wani as a "martyr" and has demanded the world leadership to prevent the Indian army from oppressing the civilian population of Kashmir.

Security forces were deployed in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, to enforce the curfew as well as Anantnag district in the south where Burhan Wani, idolised by some young people in Kashmir, was killed in a security operation. It also condemned the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and France and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives. The special sitting of the federal cabinet chose to convene a joint session of parliament to discuss the ongoing violence.

Police also seized copies of major Urdu and English newspapers in the Kashmir Valley following midnight raids on the printing press creating an information blackout as mobile services also remained suspended.

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