Lahore: 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.'
His comments come as Pakistan violated the ceasefire at the LOC in Poonch district on Friday night. Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian side along the Line of Control in Shahpu Kandi area of the border Poonch district. Tensions are running high among the two countries as India virtually turned down Pakistan's proposal for a dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir.
On Saturday, India made it clear that it would talk on "contemporary and relevant" issues in Indo-Pak relations and at this time it included stoppage of Pak-supported cross-border terrorism.
While Pakistan's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has on Friday said that his country was planning to invite India for a dialogue on the Kashmir issue, ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesman Vikas Swarup said India would welcome a dialogue only on contemporary and relevant issues, making it clear that there will be no resumption of normal bilateral engagements till Pakistan addresses India's core concerns. On Friday, Modi's remarked that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was a part of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir has been wracked with protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last month. The death toll in the ongoing unrest went up to 57 on Saturday. Wani had suffered a bullet injury in the head on August 2 at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Normal life remained affected in the Valley for the 37th consecutive day due to the curbs imposed by the authorities and separatist-sponsored strike against the killing of civilians in the security forces action. Mobile Internet services continued to remain snapped in the entire Valley.