India reacted aggressively to a recent statement of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif that “Pakistan is waiting for the day when Kashmir becomes its part. Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj accused Pakistan of backing militants and said that Kashmir can never become a part of Pakistan. In response to Swaraj’s statement Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz said that only Kashmiris have the right to decide their future, not Swaraj.
Pakistan officially observed ‘black day’ on July 20 and ‘Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan Day’ on July 19 to mark solidarity with the people of Kashmir over the recent Indian atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), which claimed the lives of at least 56 people including Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri Freedom Fighter. PM Nawaz Sharif in his message on ‘black day’ ask India to end its atrocities and hold a plebiscite in IOK as promised by Jawaharlal Nehru. Earlier on July 13, Pakistan had also approached the UN Veto club on Kashmir to take notice of the deteriorating situation in IOK. Pakistan also urged the European Union (EU) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to raise their voice against the Indian atrocities.