WION United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, United States
Sep 21, 2016, 05.53 PM
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the United Nations General Assembly session in New York amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan expressed readiness for a "serious and sustained dialogue" with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharif insisted resolution of the long-standing Kashmir dispute is imperative to achieving peace in the region.
"Confrontation should not be a strategy in South Asia, we want peace with India, we have gone a long way to start talks. India has put preconditions to talks. But I must say these talks are no favour to Pakistan. It is in the interest of both India and Pakistan to address the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Peace cannot be reached without talks on Kashmir," he said.
But Pakistan's repeated attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at international fora have gained little traction. Pakistan has been on the backfoot after India claimed it had evidence that the recent Uri attack on the Indian Army base was carried out by Pakistan's banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
India asserted that Pakistan is in complete denial of the recent Uri attack on the Indian Army base. Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup took to Twitter to slam Nawaz Sharif's UNGA speech.
Swarup said Sharif's statement glorifying slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani at the UN shows Pakistan's continued attachment to terrorism.
Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN's highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism.
The Pakistan Prime Minister had referred to slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a "young leader" and said he has "emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement."
Sharif said an indigenous uprising has been noted in the Indian state of Kashmir that has been met by brutal oppression from the Indian forces.
Sharif called for a fact-finding mission to be sent by the United Nations to Kashmir to probe the atrocities. He said Pakistan "fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination".
"I demand an independent inquiry into the extrajudicial killings in Kashmir, demand an end to the curfew."
Sharif said Pakistan will also share a dossier with United Nations Secretary-General on the alleged Indian brutalities in Kashmir.
Responding to Sharif's allegations, Swarup said India's only condition for talks is an end to terrorism.
PM Sharif at #UNGA says India poses unacceptable conditions to dialogue. India's only condition is an end to terrorism. This not acceptable?
Sharif stressed that economic development was Pakistan's priority but the goal can only be achieved through peace and stability in the region.
"My country has been the principal victim of terrorism including that supported, sponsored, financed from abroad. Thousands of our people have been injured in these terrorist attacks. "
He said such attacks have only strengthened Pakistan's resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism.
"We will not allow externally sponsored terrorism and threats of destabilisation to cause turbulence in Pakistan."
He termed terrorism a global phenomenon and urged the international community to take collective action, "The international community must take action, collectively and not unilaterally to fight the problem."
"We will not win the fight against violent extremism so long as we do not address the roots causes of violent extremism like socio-political injustice, denial of legitimate rights of nations and people," said Sharif.