Kashmir unrest: Pakistan to observe July 19 as black day

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Further pricking India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today declared slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani as a martyr and said July 19 will be observed as black day to express solidarity with people of Kashmir.

Addressing a special cabinet meeting in Lahore to discuss the situation in Kashmir, Sharif termed the “movement of Kashmiris as a movement of freedom”.

“Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination,” the prime minister said.

“The Prime Minister termed Burhan Wani as martyr of independence movement,” Radio Pakistan reported.

He said, the “Brutalities will give impetus to the Kashmir struggle and Kashmiri people will get their right to self-determination for which the whole Pakistani nation is standing behind them.”

The prime minister directed all the relevant departments to highlight the Kashmir issue at international fora.

On the proposal of Prime Minister Sharif, the cabinet decided that “Black Day will be observed on Tuesday (July 19) against barbarism in Kashmir.”

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