Pakistani Prime Minister Nawas Sharif rakes up Kashmir issue

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015,11:35 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New York | Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UN General Assembly were pointing out India. Pakistan has accused India of ceasefire violations, holding “sham” elections in Jammu and Kashmir while putting the onus on it for cancellation of the NSA-level talks.

At the same time, Sharif’s adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan was ready to hold talks with India at any level, without any preconditions to resolve all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute. Addressing a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir here, he said India has resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border and sought impartial investigation into it.
We request the OIC Contact Group to impress upon India to refrain from ceasefire violations, which are becoming a threat to peace in the region, he said. Pressing for plebiscite in Kashmir, Aziz said, India continues to hold sham elections in Jammu and Kashmir, with coercive military presence. He also accused India of trying to quell the Kashmiri struggle by using brute force.
India is attempting to change the demographic make up of Jammu and Kashmir by settling non-State, non-Muslim subjects in the state, he claimed. On the cancellation of NSA-level talks last month, Aziz said India had set pre-conditions by insisting on keeping the Kashmir issue out of the agenda and objecting to Pakistan’s interaction with the Hurriyat leaders.
“The core issue of J&K has to be resolved. This is the responsibility of the international community. We cannot draw a veil on the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kasmir, he said.
On its part, Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India, at any level, without any preconditions, in order to address each others concerns and establish lasting peace by resolving all outstanding issues, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, he said. Aziz said Pakistan supports engagement with India in a constructive and purposeful dialogue to resolve this issue. His remarks were made a day before Sharif is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly annual debate where he is expected to rake up the Kashmir issue.