PM talks to Gen Raheel on phone

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday night talked to army chief Gen Raheel Sharif on phone about tensions with India over held Kashmir.

“The prime minister and Gen Raheel Sharif had a telephonic conversation in which they discussed … the prevailing regional situation,” a PM Office spokesman said.

Mr Sharif is in New York to attending the United Nations General Assembly session. This was the first conversation between the two since Sunday’s Uri military camp attack in held Kashmir after which tensions with India have soared.

The conversation came ahead of PM Sharif’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday in which he is likely to focus on the Kashmir issue and Pakistan’s tense relations with India.

The prime minister and the army chief are believed to have discussed proposals that the former intends to make during his speech for de-escalating the situation and moving to a dialogue on the Kashmir dispute.

Published in Dawn, September 21st, 2016

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