India cannot deny rights of Kashmiris: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
'Kashmiri youth have taken it upon themselves to carry on the movement of freedom against Indian aggression and atrocities,' he said. Photograph: (Getty)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said that "India cannot deny the rights of Kashmiris," as he addressed a joint session of parliament in Islamabad called to discuss the cross-border tensions with India, Pakistan daily the Dawn reported.
"Kashmiri youth have taken it upon themselves to carry on the movement of freedom against Indian aggression and atrocities," he was quoted as saying.
"World powers need to ensure that UN resolutions on Kashmir should be implemented in letter and spirit. We have done everything to make India come to the dialogue table, but India did not let it happen. Our efforts were thwarted over and over again."
'Poverty can't be fought by driving tanks on farmlands'
Sharif also hit back at his Indian couterpart saying that poverty cannot be eradicated by "driving tanks on farmlands". He was apparently responding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s statement that both nations should battle to eradicate poverty.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month slammed the neighbouring country for exporting terrorism across the world and said: "While India exports software, Pakistan exports terrorism across the world."
"Your (Pakistani) rulers speak of fighting India for a thousand years. Today, there is such a government in Delhi that I am ready to accept your challenge... Pakistan`s `awam` (people), I want to say to you, India is ready to fight you," Modi had said.
'We are against war'
Tensions have been heightened between the two South Asian countries following the millitant attack on Indian Army camp in Uri sector of Kashmir on September 18. Ensuing surgical strikes by India in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and subsequent denial by Pakistan has also drawn attention from the world leaders.
"We have done everything to make India come to the dialogue table, but India did not let it happen. Our efforts were thwarted over and over again," Sharif said today.
"We want peace, we are against war," the Dawn quoted him as saying.
Referring to India`s accusations about Pakistan's involvement in Septmber 18 Uri attack, Sharif said: "Without any investigation within a few hours India blamed Pakistan for the attack. Through this one can see what India's motives are."
He also spoke about the `surgical strikes` carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC), saying, "On Sept 28, India's ceasefire violation resulted in the death of our two soldiers. It was befittingly responded and was conveyed that Pakistan Army is fully capable to respond to any aggression."
PTI chairman skips joint parliament session
The session was opened by the national assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq by welcoming the chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
According to the Pakistan daily, senior lawmakers of political parties attended the session with the exception of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.
“After the Panama Papers revelations, the Prime Minister has lost the moral authority to hold office... I don’t accept him as the prime minister anymore,” he told the reporters.
US urges restraint
Meanwhile, simmering tensions between India and Pakistan prompted United States on Monday to urge both the countries for "calm and restraint".
“We urge calm and restraint on both sides. We understand, as we said last week, that the militaries are in touch. We believe that that continued communication is vital to reduce these tensions,” State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters on Monday.
Kashmir Valley in India has been gripped by violence for more than three months after Hizbul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.
While Pakistan accuses India of human rights violations in Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that Pakistan has been violating human rights in Balochistan.
(WION with inputs from agencies)