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Indian troops, protesters clash in Kashmir despite lockdown

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Sharif expressed shock over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in Kashmir and deplored "oppressive measures" and "excessive" force used against civilians in the latest wave of violence in the Valley.

Indian authorities also blocked mobile phone services to prevent further protests after Friday prayers across the Muslim-majority region.

On 15 July, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that 19 July would be observed as black day in Pakistan to express solidarity with the Kashmiri killings.

During the cabinet meeting, Sharif trotted out Pakistan's stated position of extending "moral, political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination".

He added the "Indian brutalities" will give impetus to the freedom struggle, which even the seven hundred thousand Indian soldiers deployed in the Indian side of Kashmir could not suppress.

The Prime Minister directed all the relevant departments to highlight Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces at global fora.

Pakistan's defence minister also posted a series of tweets comparing the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir to the riots in Gujarat in 2002.

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.

"We are dismayed at the continued attempts by Pakistan to interfere in our internal matters, where, we reiterate, Pakistan or any other external party has no locus standi", MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

India said the comments from Pakistan prove its "attachment to terrorism".

Pakistan on Thursday had described slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and other militants as people "fighting for freedom" and accused Indian security forces of committing "state-terrorism" in Kashmir.

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