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Pakistan reading from Lashkar script to hail Burhan: India

IANS | New Delhi |


India on Sunday said the Pakistan government was "reading" from Lashkar-e-Taiba's terror script in hailing Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani whose death on July 8 last year sparked months long deadly unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay condemned in a tweet the praises showered upon Wani and other Kashmiri militants by the Pakistan government and its army on his first death anniversary.

"First @ForeignOfficePk (Pakistan Foreign Office) read from banned LeT's script. Now Pak COAS (Chief of Army Staff) glorifies Burhan Wani. Pakistan's terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by one and all," Baglay tweeted.

The tweet was in response to Pakistan using Wani's death anniversary on Saturday to rake up the Kashmir issue.

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday that Kashmiris had the right to self-determination.

Bajwa said Hizbul Mujahideen militant Wani's "sacrifice" was "testimony" of his and his generation's "resolve" against "Indian atrocities."

Even Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid tributes to Wani, saying his death had "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The blood rendered by Burhan Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement. The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion," Sharif said.

The Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad said in its tweet on Saturday that it condemned "India's deliberate targeting of civilians (in Kashmir) that is contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws".