External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over his comments on Kashmir, which is an integral part of the Indian Union, coming under Islamabad’s rule one day. Swaraj hit out at Sharif and said his country was fuelling violence in Kashmir and that Pakistan’s designs will never be allowed to succeed.
“Pakistan has a dangerous dream that one day Kashmir will become a part of it. It will never come to reality,” Swaraj said, addressing a press conference.
“Pakistan PM called Burhan Wani a ‘martyr’. Doesn’t he know that Burhan Wani was a Hizbul Mujahideen Commander?” she asked, adding that Pakistan was perpetrating terror activities in India through Hafiz Saeed and other terrorists in an area which is integral part of India.
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At a public gathering in Muzaffarabad on Friday, Sharif had said, “Their movement for freedom cannot be stopped and it will be successful. You are aware of how they are being beaten and killed. All our prayers are with them and we are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes (part of) Pakistan.”
An official statement from Pakistan PM’s office had said, “The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed his deep shock at the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians by the Indian military and paramilitary forces.”
Swaraj today told Pakistan PM that his dream of the state becoming a part of his country “will not be realised even at the end of eternity, The whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India. You will never be able to make this heaven on earth a terror hell”.
Sushma said this “delusional though dangerous dream” was the reason for Pakistan’s “unabashed embrace and encouragement to terrorism”.
Sushma asked Pak PM that did he not know that Burhan Wani was carrying an award of Rs 10 lakh on his head because he had perpetrated heinous crimes including murder of elected representatives of local bodies and security personnel. She added, “Even more condemnable than these deplorable attempts from across our border to incite violence and glorify terrorists is the fact that these attempts have been undertaken by Pakistan’s state machinery in active partnership with UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed and other leading terrorists belonging to internationally proscribed organisations.”
As far as Sharif’s comments addressed to Kashmiris is concerned, Sushma said, “Sadly, it’s not Pakistan’s good wishes or moral or diplomatic support but its weapons and terrorism that it has exported to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s dirty money, dangerous terrorists and duplicitous state institutions seek to destabilise the region. The statement of none other than the Prime Minister of Pakistan has betrayed this despicable design.”
Praising the stellar role being played by the Indian security forces, Sushma said, “Their restraint and respect for their fellow citizens is evident in the unusually high number of the injured personnel – more than 1,700 – in the violence unleashed with the support from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The success of Indian forces to kill Burhan Wani had led Pakistan to speak up at the United Nations, accusing India of perpetrating atrocities in Kashmir. To express solidarity with Kashmiris, over the killing of Burhan Wani, Pakistan also went to the extent of observing ‘Black Day’ on July 19.