Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Pakistan has no right to talk about India and Kashmir: Hina Bhat

Clashes continue in Kashmir despite round-the-clock curfew imposed by Indian authorities.

When asked to comment on Zalmay Khalilzad's claim in his book that Durand Line is a disputed territory between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Kirby said United States was not focused on lines on the map.

The region erupted in protests on Saturday, a day after Indian troops killed Burhan Wani, the young leader of Kashmir's largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, which has been fighting since the 1990s against Indian rule.

By noon on Monday, however, crowds neglected the clampdown to gather in parts of the main city of Srinagar and other towns.

At least 30 people have died and many have been injured in clashes over the death of a popular separatist rebel.

According to a press released by FO, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told the Indian high commissioner that the killing of innocent Kashmiri by Indian forces civilians is deplorable and a blatant violation of the fundamental human rights.

Police said 30 people had now died in the violence, a lot of them protesters killed by gunshot wounds as government forces fired live ammunition and tear gas to try to enforce a curfew imposed across the Kashmir Valley.

In Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir today, terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who has plotted and executed some of India's deadliest terror attacks, held a rally eulogising Wani and warned publicly that "many more Burhan Wanis" will wage war against India.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full.

"Such acts are a violation of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris and cannot deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand for the realisation of the right to self determination", Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir arising after Wani's killing.

Amid reported scuffles between law enforcement and hospital staff, many injured protesters said they were beaten up by police and paramilitary soldiers while on the way to hospitals.

Indian and Pakistani media coverage has reflected decades of divisions over the status of the region. Consequently, most people in the valley favor union with Pakistan or independence while those in Jammu and Leh support union with India.

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