Nawaz Sharif at UNGA: Peace cannot be achieved between India and Pakistan without resolving Kashmir dispute

Nawaz Sharif offered to India to enter into sustained dialogue for peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 22, 2016 12:28 am
Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his country will give a dossier listing “human rights violations” in Kashmir to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and asked the UNGA to take steps to demilitarise the Valley. Coming soon after the rising tensions in the region following the attack on the Uri military camp, Sharif in his address to the UNGA called Pakistan a ‘victim of terrorism’.

India slammed Nawaj Sharif’s speech for being in complete denial of the Uri terror attack. Vikas Swarup said Sharif has glorified Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN’s highest forum which shows Pak attachment to terrorism.

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Sharif offered India to enter into sustained dialogue for peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir. In his speech, which started with the impact of terrorism in Afghanistan and soon swung towards Kashmir, Sharif invoked the name of militant Burhan Wani who was killed by security forces a couple of months back. Claiming that Kashmiris want freedom from India, he reminded the UNGA of its commitment to holding a free and fair Plebiscite in Kashmir.

Saying that India has set impossible prerequisites for bi-lateral talks, Sharif claimed that Pakistan had gone the extra mile to achieve peace, repeatedly offering a dialogue to address all outstanding issues.

“Talks are no favour to Pakistan. They are essential to resolve our differences. Especially in the J&K dispute,” said Sharif.

Sharif also demanded an independent inquiry into the alleged atrocities committed by India’s Armed forces in the Valley. The Pakistani prime minister also urged India to release all “political prisoners” in Kashmir and provide urgent medical help to those injured in the Kashmir unrest. He called on India to abrogate the “draconian” Armed Forces Special Powers Act.