Kashmir an unfinished agenda of partition: Pak army chief

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June 3, 2015

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Singing the jaded 'K tune' once again, Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday described Kashmir as an "unfinished agenda of partition."

June 3, 2015

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Singing the jaded 'K tune' once again, Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday described Kashmir as an "unfinished agenda of partition."

"Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of partition. Kashmir and Pakistan are inseparable," General Sharif said and added that the Pakistan army was capable enough to defeat the nefarious designs of the enemy.

"Contours of future wars are fast changing. Our enemies are supporting terrorism to stoke sub-conventional conflicts and destabilize our country," he said, while speaking at National Defence University in Islamabad.

The statement from the Pakistan Army chief comes just hours after New Delhi raised strong objections to Islamabad's plan to hold election in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The election, which is scheduled to be held on June 8, is as an attempt by Islamabad "to camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation of the regions" and to deny its people their political rights, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said.

"India's position is well known. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes the regions of Gilgit and Baltistan, is an integral part of India," Swarup added.

The top official also underlined that the proposed election in Gilgit and Baltistan under the so-called 'Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment and Self Government Order' is an attempt by Pakistan to camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation of the regions.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had recently made it clear that talks with Pakistan can only be held in an atmosphere of "sadbhavna" or goodwill and without the involvement of a third party.

"We decided on three things – peaceful resolution of disputes, bilateral talks (no third party) and no violence. It's a clear policy," she had said, adding, "There will not be a return to the composite dialogue anytime soon, clearly."


Courtesy: India Today