Pakistan PM Nawaz sharif arrives in New York, set to raise Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly

Pakistan's PM will also appeal to the global community to intervene in Kashmir to enforce UN resolutions that promised a plebiscite. Photograph:( AFP )

Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Sep 19, 2016, 06.00 AM (IST)
Amid renewed turbulence between India and Pakistan over the Uri attack in Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the 71st UN General Assembly where he is set to highlight the Kashmir issue.

A terror strike on Indian Army base in Uri area of the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir left at least 17 Indian soldiers dead in what is being labelled as one of the worst such attacks in a decade. Indo-Pak ties have taken a major hit following the terror attack. 

Indian interior minister Rajnath Singh put the blame on Islamabad saying that Pakistan is a terrorist state and it should be identified and isolated as such.

According to Pakistani daily Dawn, Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria called it "a very reckless statement" and refuted the allegations. 

Pakistan is trying to draw the UN's attention towards the "ruthless military campaign" in the Kashmir Valley where at least 80 people have died and thousands have been injured since the outbreak of violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. 

Prime Minister Sharif is likely to devote a large part of his address to the UN General Assembly to talk about 'human rights abuses' in Kashmir, Indian news agency ANI reported today. 

He will also call on the global community to intervene in Kashmir to enforce UN resolutions that promised a plebiscite.India is expected to raise the Baloch issue to counter Pakistan's position on Kashmir, claiming that Pakistan too is guilty of similar human rights violations in the province. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)