Nawaz Sharif raises Kashmir issue in Pakistan parliament, claims India resorted to false allegations

Addressing a joint session of the Parliament, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he will "back the struggle of Kashmiris", while discussing the Indian aggression at the Line of Control (LoC).

Sharif said the UN resolutions on Kashmir are still on the agenda of the UN Security Council and the international community should take immediate steps for implementation on these resolutions, Radio Pakistan reported.

Kashmir is "burning continuously like a volcano and a convoy of Hurriyat is on its way to achieve the objectives", Sharif said.
"Indian forces cannot suppress the struggle of Kashmiris for right to self-determination."

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

Delivering his speech in Urdu, the Pakistani premier said that within hours of the Uri attack, India blamed Pakistan for the incident sans proper investigation. Sharif also said that Pakistan "suggested an international level inquiry" of the Uri attack with "an open heart".

The Dawn quoted Sharif as saying that Pakistan could see what "India's motives are", following India's claims of Pakistan's involvement in the Uri attack.

The pre-dawn strike at Uri in Baramulla district saw 19 soldiers being killed on 18 September, reported The Hindu. Four militants were killed in the encounter that took place.

Sharif also claimed that Pakistan was "against war" and wanted "peace and to resolve all issues, including Kashmir peacefully".

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."

Post the attack on Uri, the Indian Army carried out a series of "surgical strikes" across the LoC on 29 September. Sandipan Sharma writes in this piece for Firstpost that India conducted surgical strikes to inflict damage on terrorists gathered at their launch pads behind the LoC.

Sharif then said that the timing of the Uri attack was "suspicious", as it took place the same time he address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Sharif also claimed that Pakistan was "against war" but was prepared for it, adding that his country was the "victim of terrorism".

The prime minister, while talking about Kashmir, also praised Burhan Wani, the slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant.

Sharif also responded to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement at Kozhikode, where the latter said that both countries should "fight the war" against poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. "If they want us to fight them to end poverty, then they should realise that poverty cannot be ended by driving tanks on farmlands," Dawn quoted Sharif as saying.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced that it would boycott Wednesday's joint parliamentary session on the Kashmir issue, with party chairman Imran Khan saying his party would no longer endorse this Parliament. "We fully back Kashmiris' right to self-determination," said Imran, adding there wasn't much left for discussion in the joint session of Parliament.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 05, 2016 19:25 PM

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