Praising the Hizbul terrorist, who was killed in an encounter by Indian security officials two months ago, Sharif said, “Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces, has emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement, led by Kashmiris…”.
However, by openly praising a terrorist, who never shied away from flaunting his evil credentials, Sharif has opened a can of worms. Leaders from both Congress and BJP today slammed Sharif the “nonsense” talk at the United Nations.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor told ANI, “Nawaz Sharif has become more and more disappointing. Same man who had welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 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,” Tharoor added. According to Tharoor, India doesn’t need to waste time in talking to the Pakistani Prime Minister and focus on different approaches to tackle Pakistan. “It (Nawaz Sharif speech) confirms we don’t need to waste time talking to this gentleman (Sharif). We need to focus on different approaches to Pakistan,” he said, adding, “World has seen they are exporting terrorists to India. Don’t think anyone will have sympathies with Pakistan PM after that performance (UNGA speech).
Reacting to Sharif’s speech, JD (U) leader and former Indian Ambassador Pavan K Varma said, “Giving more evidence to Pakistan is like water off a duck’s back. No use. We have to isolate Pakistan.”
Another Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi also attacked Sharif, saying, “Pakistan doesn’t realise that when they speak like this they are making a joke out of themselves.”
Earlier in the day, BJP leader Ram Madhav had said that Sharif was at his “pathetic best” during his speech. “Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the UN was at his pathetic best. He talked not like the supreme commander of Pakistan but like the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen,” Madhav said.
Madhav said that Sharif exposed his intentions to the world by openly “championing the cause of a UN-designated terror organisation.” “Pakistan Prime Minister was openly campaigning for one of his terror commanders Burhan Muzaffar Wani. It is pathetic to see the Pakistan PM championing the cause of a UN-designated terror organisation. Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state,” Madhav said, adding that with his speech Sharif established everything that India was saying about him and the Pakistan government.
(Inputs from ANI)