Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the 71st United Nations General Assembly in U.S today. Speaking extensively on the issue of terrorism, Sharif said, “Peace between India and Pakistan cannot be finally achieved without resolution to the Kashmir dispute”. Attacking Indian government over Kashmir issue, Sharif said, “Kashmiris want freedom from India. We have gone the extra mile to achieve this, repeatedly offering a dialogue to address all outstanding issues.” Lauding the slain terrorist Burhan Wani, Sharif said, “the young leader murdered by Indian forces has emerged as a symbol of latest Kashmiri Intifada. He also demanded an “independent inquiry” into the “extrajudicial killings” in Kashmir and called for an end to the curfew.
“Terrorism is a global phenomenon. We will not allow foreign forces to destabilize the development of Pakistan. In many countries the ghost of intolerance has revived xenophobia and Islamophobia, Intolerance is affecting society,” he said.
Earlier, ahead of his address at the UN General Assembly, Sharif spoke over the phone with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on the tensions with India over Jammu and Kashmir. “The Prime Minister and General Raheel Sharif had a telephonic conversation in which they discussed … the prevailing regional situation,” a PM Office spokesperson said on Wednesday.
This was the first conversation between the two on Tuesday night since Sunday’s Uri military camp attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed, which India has blamed on terrorists from Pakistan.
The talk comes as Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry raised his country’s concerns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with EU Secretary General for External Affairs Helga Schmid. The two met on the sidelines of the 71st UNGA session in New York.
The development also comes as two US lawmakers moved a bill in Congress seeking designation of Pakistan as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ on Wednesday.