New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner Adbul Basit has reportedly come out in his country’s defence amid escalating tension in the volatile state of Jammu and Kashmir. On the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day, the high commissioner said that Pakistan’s Independence Day this year is dedicated to Kashmir’s ‘azaadi.’
ANI reported that he said, “Pakistan has always made efforts to improve its relationship with India.” He added that Pakistan will dedicate this year’s Independence Day to Kashmir and its struggle for freedom.
“Struggle for independence will continue till Kashmir gets freedom. Sacrifice of the people of Kashmir will not go in vain,” he said during his trip to Delhi.
India summoned Basit on 9 August amid growing tension between the two nations over the violence in Kashmir. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called Basit to his office and lodged a strong protest over the issue as he made a specific reference to LeT terrorist and Pakistan national Bahadur Ali, who was captured recently in North Kashmir during an encounter.
According to a tweet by Ministry of External Affairs Minister Vikas Swarup, Bahadur Ali was arrested by Indian authorities in Kashmir and confessed that after training in Lashkar-e-Toiba camps, he was infiltrated in India.
“Jaishankar called in the Pakistan envoy and issued a strong demarche on continuing cross border terrorism from Pakistan,” he tweeted. The demarche also said that the infiltration is contrary to assurances given by the Pakistani leaders at the highest levels.
The India-Pakistan ties have plunged further since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Pakistan Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif declared Wani a “martyr” and even observed 19 July as black day to mourn the continuing violence in Kashmir. India has reacted strongly to Pakistan’s support to Hurriyat leaders and said that it has no “locus standi” in the matter of Kashmir.
“Pakistan has no locus standi in addressing any aspect of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an internal matter of India, except to put an end to all cross-border terrorism, infiltration and support and instigation to terrorism and violence against India,” Swarup said.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh too condemned Pakistan and its involvement in the Kashmir violence while addressing the Rajya Sabha. He said that the situation in Kashmir is sponsored by Pakistan while asserting that no power in the world can take Kashmir from India. On Saturday, Swarup tweeted India’s response to Pakistan’s proposal to have a dialogue on Kashmir issue.