Kashmir issue to be raised at every forum, says PM

Published: September 23, 2015
British official David Pearey receives PM Nawaz at an airport in London. PHOTO: APP

British official David Pearey receives PM Nawaz at an airport in London. PHOTO: APP

LONDON: Describing Kashmir as a ‘core issue’ between Pakistan and India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged the need for early resolution of the longstanding dispute between the hyphenated but hostile neighbours.

“Kashmir is a core issue, which must be resolved. And in my view the sooner the two countries [Pakistan and India] start working on it, the better it would be for them,” he said, while talking to journalists in London. The prime minister arrived in UK’s capital en route to the United States, where he will attend UN General Assembly’s 70th session.

The premier said the issue of Kashmir should be discussed at all levels and forums. “This issue should be discussed not only at international forums, but also at Pakistan-India bilateral forums,” he added.

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Talking with reference to Afghanistan, he said Pakistan had engaged its western neighbour to ensure peace in the region. “The two countries have agreed not to allow their soils to be used again each other and Pakistan is strictly abiding by this commitment.”

The prime minister also referred to a recent telephone call by Ashraf Ghani and said the Afghan president condemned the recent attack on the PAF base in Peshawar and expressed his condolences over the loss of precious lives.

He said Pakistan has adopted a mature policy and is handling its affairs wisely to ensure peace and stability in the region.  “Pakistan and Afghanistan after the election of President Ghani have made a new beginning to ensure peace in the region as the Afghan president visited Pakistan and I visited Kabul.”

The prime minister said the two countries decided to fight and eliminate the menace of terrorism from the region though enhanced cooperation and coordination, which, he said, would not only benefit the region but the whole world. He said the ongoing military operation in tribal areas was heading towards success.

Nawaz Sharif said as the heads of government and state attend the UN General Assembly session, the leaders not only talk of the international issues but also focus on resolution of regional conflicts. “Certainly, the issue of Kashmir would be discussed at every forum,” he added.

Talking with reference to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, he said a huge investment was pouring into Pakistan through this project.  “The present government has initiated a number of power generation projects, giving hope to the people that they will get enough electricity by the next two to three years,” he added.

The prime minister will lead the Pakistan delegation to the UNGA’s 70th session in New York from September 25 and will address the general debate of the General Assembly on September 30.

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“He will articulate the government’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood and economic development, and share with the world community, Pakistan’s position and priorities on key international and regional issues,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • ajeet
    Sep 23, 2015 - 8:42AM

    Core issue us a bore issue for the rest of the world. Already,no one wants to meet the Pakistani PM in UN.Recommend

  • Pragmatic
    Sep 23, 2015 - 8:53AM

    Request ISPR to announce the participants who will attend Nawaz’s speech at UN. Last year, only 3 state head were present where he ‘famously’ raised the kashmir issue!Recommend

  • Rana Ajeet
    Sep 23, 2015 - 10:15AM

    Pl exhaust all the avenues available to you, which I think you have already done and what is the result. People who repeat same thing and expecting different results are not considered wise.Recommend

  • observer
    Sep 23, 2015 - 10:44AM

    I am sure everybody in all international forums can’t wait for the Kashmir “issue” to be raised by Pakistan.Recommend

  • K4KAshmir
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:07AM

    SO u will be humiliated at every forum If not abandon.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:07AM

    Haven’t you already wasted enough time of everybody?Recommend

  • Sep 23, 2015 - 11:30AM

    Interesting to note that not a single comment, so far, from readers in Pakistan? May be they are no more interested in what Mr. Sharif says. May be they think that in Pakistan only statements of one Sharif matter and that is Raheel Sharif. Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:53AM

    Yes, for the last 65 years. So whats new ?Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:54AM

    What hyphenated he is talking about.I think India and pakistan are hyphenated long ago.This kind of lies are the reason pakistan don’t fetch much in International arena.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Sep 23, 2015 - 11:56AM

    Raise the issue of how pakistan shall repay its financial debts, you will have a full audience. Recommend

  • miristan
    Sep 23, 2015 - 12:43PM

    If there is a war between India and Pakistan, As per statement by INDIAN Air Force chief, 180 Million Pakistani will be killed. Pakistan may be be able to retaliate and kill same number of Indians. Responsibility is on the shoulders of United nations. South Sudan can get independent. East Timur of Indonesia can get referendum and and got independence. Than why not referendum in Kashmir. Let them decide their feature.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 23, 2015 - 1:12PM

    PM Nawaz knows that he is making a fool of himself at the global level, though not doing so will have him booted out of office by policy makers. The tails will continue to wag the dog till citizens regain confidence to become masters of their own destiny.Recommend

  • Gujesh
    Sep 23, 2015 - 1:16PM

    Read another news item on Donald Trump’s statement on pakistan. Very soon issue of Pakistan will be raised on every international forum.Recommend

  • whatever
    Sep 23, 2015 - 1:32PM

    BCCI knew that. Thats why they stopped entertaining pcb.Recommend

  • Aag laga Di
    Sep 23, 2015 - 4:46PM

    LoL with one little sentence, our fellow indians are like *hamain Dard ho raha hai*. Imagine what would happen when Mr. Sharif will again raise this issue in UN.. Or aag lag jaye giRecommend

  • Aaliyah
    Sep 23, 2015 - 6:04PM

    Truth is always truth where listeners are thousand or none. Kashmir is unsolved agenda at UN table since 1947 when covered Indian PM took the matter to u.
    Pakistan is hopeful to UN forum to this issue on priority.
    Pakistan don’t give the f..k attetion to Indians.Recommend

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