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‘Our I-Day celebration dedicated to Kashmir's freedom'

Pakistan high commissioner said to Delhi that they will not back down

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Publish Date: Aug 14 2016 1:54PM | Updated Date: Aug 14 2016 1:54PM

‘Our I-Day celebration dedicated to Kashmir's freedom'

Pakistan high commissioner said that we will not back down. Pak’s representative said that Pakistan's Independence Day celebration is dedicated to ‘Kashmir’ and for Kashmir’s freedom. "The independence day celebrations of 2016 are dedicated for Kashmir's (future) independence," said Abdul Basit.

 
In Pakistan, PM Nawaz Sharif also dedicated the day to the freedom movement in Kashmir. "I dedicate this year's 14th August to the freedom of Kashmir," the Express Tribune quoted Sharif words as Pakistan celebrate its Independence on August 14.
 
This last provocation comes after Pakistan last week proposed foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir and the ongoing unrest there, an issue India described as irrelevant to any Indo-Pak dialogue.
 
PM Modi said on Friday that "relevant issues" to discuss with Pakistan are its support for cross-border terrorism, it’s inciting of violence in Kashmir and it allowing UN-sanctioned terrorists like Hafiz Saeed operates freely on its soil.
 
As for Kashmir, yes, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) is an issue India would like to discuss, Modi said. Except that POK is not on the table for discussion as far as Pakistan is concerned.
 
"The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by our neighboring country. Due to terrorism normal life in Kashmir Valley is affected," Modi also said on Friday.