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Uri hits US-Pak dynamics: “No role for militancy, non-state actors in Pak policy making”

Shitanshu Shekhar Shukla

Terrorists from Pakistan attacked the Army base at Uri in September

A parliamentary delegation from Pakistan took five-day visit to US to learn the hard way that there is no role for militancy in policy-making and non-state actors cannot be allowed to operate from the Pakistani territory. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had sent his special envoys on Kashmir to US to lodge a complaint against India.

According to a report published by The Dawn, an English daily of Pakistan, the special envoys had to hear just the opposite. The Dawn has quoted Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, one of the two envoys sent to the United States to present Pakistan’s case on Kashmir, as saying at the end of the visit that there was complete consensus on this issue in Parliament, where all parties have jointly drafted a 22-point resolution, asking the government to end militancy. “There is no role for militancy in policy-making and non-state actors cannot be allowed to operate from the Pakistani territory,” he said according to The Dawn.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed

Syed’s unambiguous observation came forth when a mention was made about a Pakistani media report that the civilian government had sent a blunt message to the country’s military leadership last week, saying that Pakistan would be completely isolated if it did not stop cross-border militant attacks.

The team, according to the newspaper, told the media about US’ pushing and prodding for reducing tensions between India and Pakistan. Syed appeared so changed as to add in the report, “they would not be surprised if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally came to Islamabad to attend the SAARC summit “and embrace Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”.

“There is no alternative for talks. And this is a message that the Americans are also sending to both India and Pakistan,” said the other envoy, MNA Shezra Mansab Ali, added the newspaper.

The Dawn quoted its reporter as saying that instead of speaking their heart out, the delegation had to hear about the militancy, particularly cross-border-attacks at each of more than a dozen meetings it attended in Washington. US officials and think tank experts reminded the Pakistani parliamentary delegation of the need to end cross-border attacks if Pakistan wants its stance on Kashmir to be heard, the newspaper reads further.

According to The Dawn, “In the US media, the Uri attack sidelined whatever sympathy the uprising in India-held Kashmir had attracted. In the initial days of the uprising, major US media outlets condemned Indian atrocities against civilians and stressed the need for resolving the Kashmir dispute. But after the attack, the coverage shifted to militancy, with some reports clearly blaming Pakistan for allowing militants to use its territory.”

The newspaper admitted diplomatic isolation of Pakistan at global platforms. Its reporter wrote,”Pakistan faced a similar isolation at the UN General Assembly in New York last month where Nawaz Sharif forcefully raised the Kashmir issue but failed to gain as much sympathy as he would have, had there been no militant attack.”
Adding to woes of Pakistan, the State Department issued a statement after Sharif’s meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying that the top US diplomat “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens”. Significantly, similar statements were issues by UN missions of other world powers, including Britain and France.

The Dawn Correspondent quoted the diplomatic sources in Washington to say that the Sharif’s envoys have noticed the damage the militancy has done to Pakistan’s image in general, and to the Kashmir cause in particular, and it is likely to figure prominently in their assessment of the current mood in Washington.

Nawaz Sharif glorifies Burhan Wani; This shows Pak’s attachment to terrorism says India

Newsroom24x7 Staff

nawaz-sharifNew 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??!!

3 more soldiers succumb, Uri death toll rises to 20

Newsroom24x7 Staff

uri-attack2New Delhi/Srinagar: Three more soldiers have succumbed to their injuries taking the death toll of Army personnel to 20 in yesterday’s dastardly attack on the Army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the Pakistan based terrorist outfit, were also killed in the encounter.

After the Uri attack, some militants stormed into the house of a ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and snatched four weapons from his guards at Anantnag – South Kashmir.

In a statement, John Kirby, the US Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson of Bureau of Public Affairs said “the United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir during the early morning of September 18. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. The United States is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.”

The UK has also condemned the Uri attack and expressed its full solidarity with India in fighting terrorism.