Pakistan is using the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir to fish in troubled waters, condemning the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani as an “extra-judicial killing”.
In a strongly worded statement, the Pakistan foreign office said, “The extra-judicial killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and scores of other innocent Kashmiris is deplorable and condemnable. Such acts are a violation of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris and cannot deter the people of J&K from their demand for realisation of the right to self-determination.”
The Indian government refused to rise to the bait and respond to the statement. Retired diplomat Vivek Katju said the statement was “yet another manifestation of Pakistan’s instigation and promotion of terrorism in J&K and elsewhere in India. It constitutes a grave and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of India.”
Reacting to the statement, former envoy to Pakistan, G Parthasarathy, said, “Pakistan should remember it is a state sponsor of terrorism throughout India. Pakistan should remember people in glass houses should not throw stones. We want to see details of extra-judicial killings and persecution of people of Balochistan, Karachi, of tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”
The Pakistan statement came a day after the country’s cricket board issued a statement mourning the Hizb terrorist’s death.