ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has praised a slain Kashmir rebel leader and reiterated his condemnation of Indian "repression" in the disputed region, in remarks likely to re-ignite tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Addressing a Kashmir conference held in Islamabad on Thursday, Sharif referred to 22-year-old Burhan Wani, whose killing in July sparked months of violent demonstrations, as a "martyr."
India blames the violence on Pakistan-based militants, charges denied by Islamabad.
In recent months, the two countries have exchanged fire on several occasions alongside the so-called Line of Control, which divides Kashmir into Pakistani and Indian-ruled zones. Both countries claim the region in its entirety.