Controlled Kashmir under curfew, phones blocked to pre-empt protest

The US response comes in the wake of Pakistani launching a diplomatic offensive on Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani.

India's statement came after Pakistan's envoy Maleeha Lodhi, apart from raising the Kashmir issue during a debate on human rights in the General Assembly here on Wednesday, had referred to Wani as a "Kashmiri leader" and his death at the hands of India's security forces as "extra-judicial".

Police said there were no reports of fresh clashes on Thursday as the valley appeared calm amid continuous curfew and a shutdown called by separatists.

To this, Akbaruddin said that Pakistan "extols" the virtues of terrorists and it's because of its track record that it's been unable to gain membership of the UN's human rights body.

"When India martyred him, then the common Kashmiri joined the movement", said Saeed, who has been a key figure in the often-brutal insurgency in Indian-ruled Kashmir.

"The global community has long seen through such designs", he said, adding: "Cynical attempts, like the one this morning, therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations".

The spokesman said Pakistan wants to solve all outstanding issues including Kashmir through talks with India as war is not a solution to any issue.

Zakaria said that Pakistan is taking comprehensive steps against terrorism and extremism which were acknowledged by the worldwide community.

An orchard was also attacked on suspicion that some people in the area had given Indian forces information about Wani's whereabouts.

The United States today reiterated that it favours dialogue between arch-rivals India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir conflict.

That has not prevented violent protests and rioting from breaking out when security forces killed Burhan Wani, a Kashmiri militant commander.

Terming the condemnation an interference in India's internal affairs, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday said Pakistan should refrain from issuing statements on the recent unrest in India-held Kashmir, adding that such statements "reflect Pakistan's continued attachment to terrorism and its usage as an instrument of state policy".

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