New York: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today raised the Kashmir issue, praised and glorified slain Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani as a young leader and accused India of putting “unacceptable” conditions for a dialogue with Pakistan at the United Nations.
The Pakistani Prime Minister was addressing the United Nations General Assembly here on 21 September. Devoting most of his speech to Kashmir, Sharif said Pakistan “fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination.” He also demanded a U.N. fact-finding mission to Kashmir to punish the perpetrators of atrocities.
Sharif stated that violation of human rights in Kashmir are well documented and these would be presented to the UN Secretary General. About heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, Sharif said peace cannot be achieved between India and Pakistan without resolving the “Kashmir dispute”. He also observed: “confrontation should not be our destiny in South Asia.”
India has reacted sharply to Sharif’s speech. Spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup tweeted: PM Sharif at #UNGA says India poses unacceptable conditions to dialogue. India’s only condition is an end to terrorism. This not acceptable?
Swarup also tweeted:
- We demand that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment to refrain from supporting & sponsoring terrorism against India #UriAttack
- Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN’s highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism.
- Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA in complete denial of Uri terror attack. 19 infiltration attempts stopped at LoC this year. Indigenous??!!