Nawaz Sharif Plays Kashmir Card at UN, Renews Plebiscite Demand

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September 21, 2016

New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly and said that peace between India and Pakistan can only be achieved if the Kashmir issue is solved.

September 21, 2016

New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly and said that peace between India and Pakistan can only be achieved if the Kashmir issue is solved.

Repeatedly mentioning Kashmir and India in his 20 minute address, Sharif said that Pakistan fully supports Kashmiris right to self-determination. He also spoke of "Indian brutalities" and "human rights violations by Indian forces" in the Kashmir valley.

Sharif said that Hizbul militant Burhan Wani had become "the symbol of the new Kashmiri intifada that was led by common Kashmiris".

Sharif added that Pakistan was ready to enter into a serious & sustained dialogue with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially J&K.

Sharif also glorified slain terrorist and Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a "young leader" even as he expressed readiness for a "serious and sustained dialogue" with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Jammu and Kashmir.

Sharif devoted much of his speech at the UN General Assembly session to Kashmir and the current situation in the valley and said Pakistan "fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination".

He demanded an "independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings" and a UN fact-finding mission to Kashmir "so that those guilty of these atrocities are punished."

Insisting that peace and normalization between Pakistan and India cannot be achieved without a resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Sharif made a number of allegations with regard to the current unrest in the valley.

India has blamed Pakistan for engineering and fuelling the unrest.


Courtesy: News18