No peace without resolution of Kashmir issue: PM

Published: September 21, 2016
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 71st UNGA session in New York on Wednesday. PHOTO: PML-N

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 71st UNGA session in New York on Wednesday. PHOTO: PML-N

Arms buildup

About India’s growing defence budget, the PM said, “We cannot ignore our neighbour’s [India] unprecedented arms buildup. Will do whatever is necessary to maintain credible deterrence.”

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We want peace with India

“Confrontation should not be the destination in South Asia. We want peace with India,” says PM Nawaz Sharif.

He adds, “peace and normalisation between Pakistan and India can’t be achieved without the solution of Kashmir. We should resolve our differences in Jammu and Kashmir. Talks are in the interest of both the countries.”

He demanded an independent inquiry into the Indian brutalities in held Kashmir.

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Pakistan’s Zarb-e-Azb operation is the largest, most robust operation against terrorism.

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The prime minister says India has posed “unacceptable” pre-conditions to dialogue.

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“Turmoil is intensifying, international effort to defeat Da’ish is required,” says Nawaz Sharif. “Peace cannot be built when injustice prevails.”

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif begins his address at the 71st session of United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

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Background

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address comes as the two nuclear-armed nations and arch-rivals exchange barbs over an attack on an Indian military base in Srinagar on Sunday which had left 18 uniformed men killed.

Following the incident, Indian army reportedly requested the Narendra Modi-led government to consider “limited but punitive” cross-border strikes to send a message to Pakistan, which it held responsible for the attack.

The two difficult neighbours have been at odds since July 8 when a populist Kashmiri rebel leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed by Indian forces.

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At least 100 demonstrators were also killed when the occupied military used indiscriminate force against the masses protesting the Wani’s killing.

Modi also invited Pakistan’s anger during his Independence Day address this year wherein he had said that the latter would have to answer for its ‘human rights’ violation in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir.

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Tensions between the two countries were also fuelled on January 5 when an Indian airbase in Pathankot was attacked, leaving 11 people including Indian soldiers dead.

Here’s the video of the premier’s address:

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Fast
    Sep 21, 2016 - 10:50PM

    Good work NS. Peace cannot be achieved without Kashmir issue resolution according to kashmiri people wishes. Talks are better solution if someone understand.Recommend

  • Buzzkill
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:01PM

    Please also show the empty chairs that Mr. Sharif is speaking to. Recommend

  • Sandy
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:07PM

    Broken record- world has stopped listening but it wont stop repeating. Instead of going there, should have played last year (or last to last to last…) recording Recommend

  • ABCD
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:13PM

    Why mention “two nuclear-armed nations and arch-rivals”, when India has never declared that it has nucear arms, even though experimented long back in 1974?Recommend

  • Salman
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:17PM

    Well said. Peace in South Asia will never be achieved without the solution of Kashmir. Recommend

  • Black Hawk
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:20PM

    Pakistani leaders do all the chest thumping before UN address & roar like lions at home. But at the UN & international stage, they meow like a cat with just passing references to Kashmir. Recommend

  • JILANI
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:27PM

    OK. speech over. Move on.Recommend

  • JILANI
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:28PM

    Big disappointment. I thought Mia Nawaz Sharif will come back with a plebiscite approval.Recommend

  • Taxzu
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:40PM

    The issue of Kashmir will continue to hold back India until its resolved. The only way India can be super power by letting go of Kashmir. What’s the point of building too much army and amassing weapons and war equipment if you can’t even use it against a country one fifth of your size. Its getting embarrassing for Indian that they can only make noise and rhetoric but can’t take any action. Recommend

  • Desi
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:55PM

    This is same old pitch. It completely conforms with Pakistan backed terrorism by backing Wani and making him a hero. As usual Pakistan in denial mode. Recommend

  • cueball
    Sep 21, 2016 - 11:57PM

    He’s a worse speaker than George Bush Jr – didn’t think that was possible. Recommend

  • Tom
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:06AM

    @Salman:
    Who cares?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:22AM

    @Sandy:
    And the world is represented by Sandy who knows what other world leaders are thinking… Lol

    Well done NS…Recommend

  • Mime
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:23AM

    What about the Panama leaks and the model town killings. He did not talk about that!Recommend

  • Sandy
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:30AM

    He looks so down in Energy and confidence. I am happy, he didnt call Ajmal Kasab, a young leader.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:37AM

    The correct tone and the correct text for the situation….well done Mr.PM.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Sep 22, 2016 - 12:48AM

    From the views in Facebook, Indians have gone on the back foot. Was a good, balanced speech, mild but full of resolve. Didn’t expect that from NS.Recommend

  • IAHMED
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:12AM

    @Indians, if it doesn’t matter to you, you will be not here commenting on our PM’s speech!Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:40AM

    Poorly drafted speech by ISPR. It appeared the PM was in a hurry to complete the speech and be relieved.Recommend

  • Asad Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2016 - 1:58AM

    PM seemed was nervous at UN speech. Poorly written speech.Recommend

  • Titan
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:09AM

    I watched this. The general assembly was mostly empty during the speech. Some of the desks from South America were snoring loudly. The envoy from China pretended to not know who Sharif was. There were 3-4 people from Pak in the gallery who kept clapping until a guard told them to be quiet.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:10AM

    Ok free vacation over, now stop wasting our money & come back.Recommend

  • cueball
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:40AM

    @Parvez

    : The correct tone and the correct
    text for the situation….well done
    Mr.PM.

    He’s one of the worst public speakers on the planet and bias ain’t going to change that. Recommend

  • Ajeet
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:40AM

    Peace can never be achieved in South Asia until the Arabic invaders are sent back to Arabia. Recommend

  • Dipak
    Sep 22, 2016 - 3:58AM

    It’s a shame Nawaz has come here in New York every year and forced to say what his Military Chief orders him, old man Sartaz following his boss to eat in a good Pakistani Restaurant and fly home. No one listens as usual, very few stays to take a nap and the story of the year is over. I rather enjoyed ZA Bhutto crying wolf in 1971 UN session over and over again, threw his own papers on floor forgetting he was the cause of Pakistani misery. Well Nawaz, I know your pains that your Millitary and Mullah shower upon you to stay in Power.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 22, 2016 - 4:54AM

    Most boring speech in the history of the UN. Borat needs to improve his English next time he sends his PM to UN.Recommend

  • Daredevil
    Sep 22, 2016 - 5:22AM

    When Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan deserved to be a member of the NSG, one could hear the laughter at UN assembley hall in Manhattan all the way in Brooklyn & Queens.Recommend

  • Rana
    Sep 22, 2016 - 6:19AM

    Why he did not speak in Urdu national language .May be because no one cares.Recommend

  • Rana
    Sep 22, 2016 - 6:21AM

    @Titan: LOL.Recommend

  • Ram
    Sep 22, 2016 - 6:43AM

    How blatantly the PM has not even mentioned of Uri and then says Peace cannot be achieved. It’s such a shame. The world knows Pakistan intentions and hence Pakistan will be isolated each day. India will never come to the table with terrorism being used as the mechanism. Recommend

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