The day of mourning has been declared for the leaders of India and Pakistan, after the assassination of a prominent Indian politician by a Pakistani militant group, the Pakistan Cyber Army.
The day is being marked by a number of events in the country, with a protest planned for Thursday.
In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that his government will step up efforts to address the root causes of the country’s problems, particularly terrorism.
“This is the second day in a row that the government has announced plans to address issues related to terrorism, but there is no plan for a day of celebration,” the government said in a statement.
The Prime Minister, however, did not name any of the slain politicians, who were gunned down on a busy road in the capital of Islamabad on Thursday.
The attack has left many Indians in shock, and the Indian public has already voiced their anger at what they see as the lack of action from the Indian government.
This is not the India we know,” said Anjali Kumar, who has lived in Pakistan for seven years.”
We’ve seen the murder of the Prime Minister in the last two days.
I feel that there are a lot of emotions and a lot is on my mind.”
The prime minister has blamed a network of Indian-Pakistani militants for the murder, and has called for unity across the country.
He said he will visit Pakistan to discuss the situation.
“My government has taken up the issue with Pakistan to ensure peace and tranquillity in the region and I have made it clear that Pakistan will have to take the lead in the efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue,” the prime minister said in his statement.
“I have also called for a new round of dialogue with Pakistan in the coming days.”
A senior Pakistani military officer said that it was the Pakistani army that carried out the attack, which took place on the road that connects the Indian capital to the northern state of Punjab.
He also said the militant group responsible for the killing was linked to al-Qaeda.
A Pakistani police official said the Pakistani military would not respond to any of Mr Modi’s claims.
The army has been engaged in a crackdown on terror groups since the 2014 coup in Islamabad, which brought the Taliban to power.
The country is currently battling two major insurgencies, the Pakistani Taliban and the Pakistani Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, also known as Lashkar-e-Taiba, both of which are aligned to the Taliban.
Pakistan’s president, Nawaz Sharif, has repeatedly claimed that he is not targeting the Pakistani security forces, but only the groups that carry out attacks in Pakistan.
Mr Modi, meanwhile, has promised to take a stronger stance on the Indian-Pakistan border, and said the army will be deployed on both sides of the border.
Prime Minister Narendra Kumar speaks during a meeting with US President Donald Trump (R) at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2018.
A senior Indian government official, however was less forgiving, saying that Mr Modi was merely using the occasion to use the country to showcase his agenda.
“There was no need to call it a day,” said Nitin Gadkari, the minister of state for external affairs.
“He was using the moment to put his own agenda ahead of the interests of the nation.
The nation is very happy to celebrate the martyrdom of a leader.
We’re not using this occasion to promote a particular agenda.”
The Pakistani government has been quick to dismiss Mr Modi, saying it was an act of terrorism.
“He was in an area where there is a significant presence of militants and we are trying to get the Pakistani side to help us find the culprits,” a Pakistani official said.
It has been a year since a Pakistani army chief was assassinated in the border city of Karachi, where Mr Modi is also chief minister.