CRPF Jawans guarding in a street during curfew and strike in Srinagar on Friday. (Source: PTI /S Irfan)
The US has called for reducing rhetoric and violence in Kashmir, a day after Pakistan termed slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr” and said July 19 will be observed as “black day” to protest “atrocities” against Kashmiris by Indian security forces.
“It is a situation where we need all parties to this to reduce the rhetoric, reduce the violence, get back to a situation where they can have dialogue,” State Department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters at her daily news conference on Friday.
“Obviously we’re gravely concerned about this situation. We’re gravely concerned about the violence,” she said.
Trudeau was responding to questions on the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s declaration to observe July 19 as “Black day” in support of the killing of Burhan in an encounter in Kokernag on July 8 by Indian security forces.
At least 38 people have died and over 3100 others, including 1500 security men, injured in the week-long clashes following Burhan’s killing in an encounter in Kokernag.
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Elizabeth Trudeau said the US would not support any call for increasing tension in the region.
“I wouldn’t say that any call for increasing tension or increasing rhetoric is something that we would support. We’ve been very clear on our position on…