India-Pakistan tensions rise over execution

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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:33 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 4:34 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's hanging of a Kashmiri man convicted in a terror attack is threatening to damage recently improved relations with longtime rival Pakistan.

India reacted angrily to a resolution adopted Thursday by Pakistan's National Assembly condemning the execution last month of Mohammed Afzal Guru, who was convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament. India accused its neighbor of interfering in its internal affairs.

India's Parliament passed a resolution of its own Friday, insisting the Pakistani assembly "desist from acts of support for extremist and terrorist elements."

A proposed home-and-away field hockey series between the nations' teams also was called off Friday on the advice of India's foreign ministry. Salman Kurshid, India's foreign minister, said he hopes Pakistan will "get the message."

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