Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address at the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said, “Nawaz Sharif has become more and more disappointing. Same man who had welcomed PM for his birthday and now he is hailing Burhan Wani”.
“This kind of nonsense really discredits the kind of responsible statements you expect from a PM of a country. It confirms that we don’t need to waste time talking to this gentleman (Pak PM), we need to focus on different approaches to Pakistan,” Tharoor added.
“The world has seen they are exporting terrorists to India; don’t think anyone will have sympathies with Pakistan PM after that performance,” the Congress leader added.
PM Nawaz Sharif had glorified slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader” at the UNGA 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 20-minute 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”.
Following Sharif’s speech, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs responded strongly to the statements made by the Pakistan PM. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted out in response to Sharif’s speech at UNGA through the official Twitter account of the ministry saying that Pakistan PM Sharif was “in denial of Uri terror attack”.