Pakistan shouldn't glorify terrorism when it affects India: Congress

| Updated: Jul 22, 2016 00:35 IST

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): Condemning the statement of Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, wherein, he described slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani 'as an icon of the resistance movement in Kashmir', the Congress on Thursday said Islamabad should not glorify terrorism when it affects only India. "It's a disappointing statement because when there was a tragic terrorist attack in Pakistan on the Army School in Peshawar and people were killed, our country unanimously condemned the attackers and extended solidarity to the Pakistani people," Congress leader Shashi Tharoor told ANI. He said Pakistan should realize that lending support and admiration to terrorists is not only against India, but also against themselves. "They claim that they are victims of terrorists. They should not be glorifying terrorism when it affects only India," he added. Aziz had earlier in the day said that the Government of Pakistan has provided and will continue to provide diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their fundamental right to self determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions. He also made a mention of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement on the developments on the Indian side of Kashmir and the fact that Pakistan had lodged its protests with the Indian High Commissioner on the situation prevailing across the border. He said that Pakistan has written letters to the UN Secretary General, President of the Security Council, OIC Secretary General, High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir (Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia and Turkey) on the recent situation in Kashmir and has called upon the international community to take appropriate steps to fulfill its commitments towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the UNSC resolutions. Earlier today, replying to a discussion on the volatile situation in the Kashmir Valley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh squarely blamed Pakistan for the unrest. He said, "The neighbouring country instead of fixing its internal matters, is trying to destabilize India." He also criticized Islamabad for observing a "Black Day" in honour of Wani, saying, "The terrorist was involved in many and various heinous crimes and activities." Home Minister Singh appealed to the House to make a united effort to restore peace in Kashmir and was hopeful about the NDA Government achieving this objective sooner than later. He said that the situation in the valley is gradually returning to normal with the supply of essential commodities to curfew bound areas. He said that the loss of 38 lives was a tragedy that must not be repeated. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in response to a query on observance of "Kashmir's Accession to Pakistan Day" (July 19) and 'Black Day' (July 20) in Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), has strongly condemned what it called Pakistan's attempts to encourage terrorists and their activities. (ANI)