Denying Pakistan involvement in Uri terror attack that claimed 19 Indian soldiers lives, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he wants and peace and aims to resolve all issues including Kashmir peacefully.
Addressing a joint session of the Parliament convened to discuss the security situation in the wake of increasing Indo-Pak tensions, Sharif accused India of running away from dialogue and instead creating a war-like environment by blaming Pakistan for the Uri terror attack.
“Within hours of Uri Attack and without any investigation, India blamed Pakistan for it. We are against war, we want peace and want to resolve all issues including Kashmir peacefully,” said Sharif.
Responding to Modi’s speech last month challenging Pakistan to a contest over eradicating poverty and other social ills, Sharif said, “If they (Indian leaders) want us to fight them to end poverty, then they should realise that poverty cannot be eradicated by driving tanks on farmlands.”
The Pakistan Prime Minister also accused India of violating the LoC ceasefire agreement and launching “aggression” against Pakistan. “India’s ceasefire violation resulted in the death of our two soldiers, when it attacked Pakistan. It was befittingly responded and was conveyed that Pakistan Army is fully capable to respond to any aggression,” he said.
Sharif also expressed support for Kashmiris and said the issue should be resolved according to the wishes of people of Kashmir and the UN resolutions. “The Kashmiri youth have taken it upon themselves to carry on the movement of freedom against Indian aggression and atrocities,” Sharif said.
He again mentioned Wani in his speech. “The death of Burhan Wani, son of the Kashmiri soil, had reminded India to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination,” Sharif said.
Raking up Kashmir at the UN General Assembly, Sharif had called Wani a “young leader”, evoking a strong reaction from India.
After the Uri attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the nation that those behind the ‘despicable’ attack will not go unpunished. Keeping Modi’s promise, the Indian forces conducted surgical strikes at the terror launchpads across the LoC on Thursday night, inflicting heavy causalities.
Days after India’s surgical strikes, there have been seven or more attempts by terrorists to attack Indian locations, including Akhnoor and Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir and Gurdaspur in Punjab.
The tally of ceasefire violations, unprovoked firing and terrorist attacks in Kashmir has exceeded twenty five. All attacks have been beaten back and by the Indian Army and the Border Security Force (BSF).
(With inputs from PTI)