Pakistan's Independence Day is dedicated to Kashmir's azadi: High Commissioner Abdul Basit

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' during the celebrations at its embassy in Delhi.

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.

Basit's comments came on a day when Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The ongoing unrest should be ended. Pakistan will continue to extend its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir till they get their right to self determination," Basit said.

Basit said that no matter "how much" force is used, the political aspiration of people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be suppressed, and that the "freedom movement" will reach its logical conclusion.

"Today our nation faces several challenges, but no power can cause any damage to Pakistan. People who want to trouble Pakistan, they should know that our people, be it Muslim, Hindu or Sikh, we are together and will not hesitate to make any sacrifice for Pakistan's well-being," he added.

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.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Aug 14, 2016 12:46:35 IST

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