Will observe July 19 as 'black day' against Kashmir killings: Nawaz Sharif

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Clashes erupted after Burhan Wani, a top figure in the pro-independence Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) group, was killed along with two others in a shootout with Indian troopers on July 8.

In consonance with Indian atrocities being committed in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Federal Cabinet on Friday chose to observe the upcoming Tuesday as Black Day.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had called a special cabinet meeting on Friday (today) at Governor House in Lahore to evaluate deteriorating situation in IHK.

At least 34 people have been killed and 3,100 wounded, a lot of them in police firing, in the worst outbreak of violence in six years in the disputed territory.

"Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination", the prime minister was quoted by Radio Pakistan as saying.

He went on to say that seven hundred thousand Indian soldiers deployed in Occupied Kashmir could not suppress the struggle of Kashmiris.

The Indian government has banned mobile and internet services in Kashmir Valley since the protest movement has been gaining popularity, a great deal of it due to social media.

The government and the people of Pakistan are with the Kashmiri people till their liberation from the Indian-rule, said Sharif.

The cabinet also offered prayers for what it described as the "martyrs of Kashmir".

Mr. Sharif had also directed all the relevant departments to highlight the Kashmir issue at global fora.

Sharif had expressed a desire for better ties with India soon after coming to power in 2013.

At a congressional hearing in Washington and the United Nations general assembly on Wednesday, a range of lawmakers, analysts, and diplomats called Pakistan a terrorist entity, said it should be denied foreign aid, and proposed that its leaders, including its military generals, be sanctioned and stopped from traveling to the United States for consistently cheating the world community on terrorism.

The meeting reiterated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) commitment to raise the burning issue of Kashmir on the global front.

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