19/02/2016 10:40 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

India Calls Pakistan's Statement On Afzal Guru's Hanging 'Unacceptable'

Vikas Swarup, indian diplomat and author of the book 'Q & A', the film adaptation of which was the multi-oscar winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' speaks during an interview with an unseen Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondant during a literary festival in Franschoek on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa on May 15, 2009. Vikas Swarup may have penned a small novel that swept the globe, winning accolades and turning out an Oscar darling film, but the Indian diplomat to South Africa sees his success as a chance windfall. AFP PHOTO/Gianluigi GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI/ ISLAMABAD -- India today hit back at Pakistan for its statement on the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, saying Jammu and Kashmir is an internal issue and its "gratuitous references" are unacceptable.

"Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter of India.

Pakistan's gratuitous references to Jammu and Kashmir are unacceptable," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

He was reacting to his Pakistani Foreign Office counterpart Muhammad Nafees Zakaria's statement that "the Kashmiri people have never accepted the unfair trial of Afzal Guru".

Zakaria had said at a weekly briefing today that "Pakistan has repeatedly voiced concerns and condemned the incidents in which the Kashmiris of valley were subjected to 'atrocities'".

He said that Pakistan has adequately and appropriately raised the Kashmir dispute at all the international forums.

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