Kashmir issue to dominate Nawaz Sharif’s address at UNGA on Wednesday

Last year Sharif, raising the Kashmir issue in the General Assembly, had proposed a four-point 'peace initiative' with India on Kashmir.

By: PTI | United Nations | Updated: September 29, 2016 2:48 pm
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Kashmir issue will dominate in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the UN General Assembly in United Nations on Wednesday that comes at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following the terror attack in Uri.

The General Debate of the UN General Assembly opens Tuesday, with US President Barack Obama making his final appearance as Commander-in-Chief at the 71st session.

Sharif will address world leaders from the UNGA podium in the morning session on Wednesday.

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While Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue at the high-level segments of the General Assembly and other UN platforms in previous years, Sharif appears set to take an even more aggressive stand on Kashmir at the world body, having vowed in Pakistan to ’emphatically highlight’ the issue and the alleged human rights abuses by India.

“Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris,” Sharif had said last week, alleging that atrocities in Kashmir had touched extremes.

Last year Sharif, raising the Kashmir issue in the General Assembly, had proposed a four-point ‘peace initiative’ with India on Kashmir.

In a strong response, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said in her address that India does not need four points but just one that Pakistan should ‘give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk’.

The UNGA session comes at a time when tensions between the two nations have risen following the Uri attack in which the heavily-armed four militants stormed the battalion headquarters of the Indian Army in the wee hours of Sunday, killing 18 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel.

Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Ranbir Singh has said that the terrorists had certain items that confirm their Pakistani identity.

Swaraj will address the General Assembly on September 26 and a sharp response is expected from her to Sharif’s rhetoric on Kashmir.

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  1. D
    Deeply Concerned
    Sep 20, 2016 at 11:45 am
    A junior Indian official must slipper Shariff in UN session in front of all representatives.
    1. J
      Sep 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm
      By sending Islamist Kashmiri's like you to Saudi Barbaria
      1. M
        Sep 21, 2016 at 5:43 am
        Current Fanatic Indian Government has planned such incidences themselves to ignite the War like situations in both the countries. Their agenda is destruction nothing more. No religion propagates the killing of innocent living in both the countries. I think the main bone of contention left by the British in 1947 be resolved at the earliest and plebiscite as committed by UN to be undertaken. Kashmir is not a stan or Indian Territory and should be decided by the residents of that region.
        1. M
          Sep 20, 2016 at 9:44 am
          nawaz sharif should look after his dubai palace and us indians must stop giving him back handers. yes he has allowed us to smuggle in almost 300 indian spies into stan through his sugar mills etc.....we should also think about closing all his business here in india - yes he has invested close to a billion rupees in india..dont believe me ask modi ji. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Equally we must genuinely sit down and talk and give stan one last chance its not the people fault they only want peace...its ns goverment that is corrupt and lacing and taking everyone for a ride including their own people. kashmir doesnt belong to either stan nor india and teh bitter truth is its time we resolved this kashmir issue once and for all and i promise there will be peace in the w region. we have fought far too long over kashmir its our only difference with stan nothing else.