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Nawaz at UNGA: Pakistan wants peace with India, urges resolution of Kashmir issue

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly session on Wednesday, said Pakistan wants peace with India but maintained it is “not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue”.

“Peace can not be established in South Asia without resolving the Kashmir issue,” asserted the premier.

The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s stance of resolving the issue of Kashmir through dialogue with India.

“A new generation of Kashmiris has started a freedom struggle against India.”

The premier shed light on the atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces in India-held Kashmir (IHK) and urged the international community to act.

Nawaz also said that the current wave of unrest in IHK is the result of the heavy-handed and brutal tactics used by Indian forces in IHK, and Pakistan supports the rights of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.

The prime minister also demanded for an investigation into atrocities committed by Indian forces in IHK while speaking at the forum.

“Pakistan is not interested in an arms race with India,” said Nawaz.

‘Pakistan principle victim of terrorism’

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has been the principle victim of terrorism and the country has lost thousands of civilians and security officials in terrorism related incidents.

Nawaz Sharif had also written to heads of state of permanent UN member countries (P5), urging them to call on the Indian government to immediately cease bloodshed in IHK and implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir.

The UNSC’s five permanent members, the P5, include China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Nawaz highlighted human rights and humanitarian law violations in IHK being perpetrated by Indian forces and termed the Kashmir dispute a constant source of tension and instability in the region and a threat to international peace and security.

The permanent representative of Pakistan at United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, while speaking at the Human Rights Council earlier this week, took India to task for sponsoring state-terrorism in IHK.

Ambassador Janjua stated that the life and liberty of civilians in Kashmir is governed by draconian laws — such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act — that allows arbitrary detention, searches, seizures, shoot to kill on suspicion, and the use of lethal force.

“More than 700,000 Indian troops are imposing, with complete impunity, a reign of terror against innocent civilians, children, women and the elderly,” said the permanent representative.

Pakistan has given evidence to the UNSG and international community of Indian involvement in terrorist activities inside Pakistan by supporting terrorism in Balochistan and Karachi.

The evidence also includes information about the links of Indian intelligence and security agencies with the Taliban.

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