UNGA speech: Nawaz proposes 4-point peace initiative with India

Published: September 30, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 30, 2015 at the United Nations in New York.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 30, 2015 at the United Nations in New York.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Kashmir, spoke about the continuing offensive against terrorism, and more importantly put the ball in India’s court by offering a new four-point peace initiative in his speech at the 70th UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

That was short and sweet. Let’s see how Twitter reacted: 

Nawaz proposes 4-point peace initiative with India

1. We propose Pakistan and India formalise and respect 2003 understanding of a  complete ceasefire in Kashsmir and LoC

2. We propose Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the threat of force under any circumstances

3. Steps must be taken to demilitarise Kashmir

4. Agree to mutually withdraw troops from Siachen

Nawaz Sharif said the two countries should address and resolve the causes of tension and take all possible measures to avert further escalation.

“Wisdom dictates that our immediate neighbour refrains from fomenting instability in Pakistan. Cooperation, not confrontation, should define our relationship.”

The prime minister declared Pakistan neither wants to, nor is it engaged in, an arms race in South Asia.

‘Need a more democratic, transparent Security Council, not an expanded club of privileged and powerful’

“Pakistan supports a comprehensive reform of the United Nations, including that of Security Council, says Nawaz. “We need a Security Council that is more democratic, accountable, and transparent. A council that reflects the interests of all member states, in accordance with the principle of sovereign equality. Not a council that is an expanded club of the powerful and privileged.”

‘Three generations of Kashmiris have only seen broken promises’

“Three generations of Kashmiris have only seen broken promises and brutal oppression,” says PM Nawaz. “Over 100,000 have died in their struggle for self-determination. This is the most persistent failure of the United Nations.”

Pakistan to help promote peace, stability in Afghanistan

Pakistan will persist in the endeavour to help resume the dialogue process and promote peace and stability in Afghanistan,” says OM Nawaz.

“We can, however, do so only if we receive the required cooperation from the Afghan government. Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan are in neither country’s interests.”

The prime minister says global threat of terrorism cannot be defeated unless its underlying causes are addressed.

“Poverty and ignorance are part of the problem. Extremist ideologies must be opposed.”

‘Pakistan will continue to support the objectives of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation’

“We have maintained the highest standards of nuclear security and have established an effective regime to ensure the safety and security of our nuclear facilities and stocks,” says Nawaz

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Lord of the Ring
    Sep 30, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Much ado about nothing.

    For nawaz sharif his biggest achievement in this

    visit so far is that he was able to wave to his master modi.Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:43PM

    Exactly UN-SC should not have permanent members who are still at war with countries, or have caste issues, human right violations etc. I would also love to see India as a UN-SC permanent member but only once the Kashmir resolution is solved. It should be solved as per the decision of Kashmiris themselves. They should be brought to UN and they should present their demandsRecommend

  • Shoaib
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:53PM

    Pakistan should take a hardline on matters such as Kashmir. It is high time know that this matter should be resolved… Recommend

  • Buba
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:53PM

    So much for the buildup of a big speech by Sharif – kinda lame.Recommend

  • ankur
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:56PM

    We propose Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the threat of force under any circumstances- yeah and let hafeez saeed and dawood ibrahim have a free run to terrorise and kill innocent people. honourable prime minister sharif should atleast know-worlds not foolRecommend

  • Malatesh
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:56PM

    I’m disappointed as Nawaz didn’t say anything about India’s involvement in terrorist attacks in Pakistan… Where is the proof Mr PM?Recommend

  • Pukudenguta
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:10PM

    I think, throwing up the K word must have settled the much upset stomach of Mr Nawaz Sharif.
    So, those were the points that would have been discussed had the NSAs of both the countries met as per schedule!!!! And, those are the points the respective Foreign Ministers and the respective Prime Ministers would discuss when they at all meet in the future!!!. Much ado about nothing. How much closer are we to war or peace, now that the K word has been raised in UNGA? What difference this address to UNGA has made to the issues of dispute?
    Yawn…….. Let us meet at the next year’s UNGA meeting and hear the same address, and do the same the year next to the next year and so on.
    Not going to help except please the audience at home.Recommend

  • jaz
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Well done Mr Prime Minister. You spoke like a true statesman. India’s worst fears are coming true. Kashmir issue getting spotlight at world stage. Thx modi for thatRecommend

  • usman777
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:26PM

    Our hearts are with our brethren in Kashmir. The occupation forces are very brutal to the people in the valley. If demilitarizing will help them live a more peaceful life albeit occupied than so be it. Pakistan has to make the decision of a mother who like the mother in Biblical times had to give up her child then to see it brutalized.

    The nuclear overhang makes any kind of military solution very difficult. Kashmiris should continue a peaceful liberation movement. So long as the situation is unsolved (which is India’s desire), all trade and people-to-people contacts should be avoided even if this principled stand costs Pakistan more than India.

    A day will come when a mature India will have to offer a Scotland style referendum to Kashmir. Because of the ill will that has transpired, Kashmiris will never accept India in a thousand years.Recommend

  • Asok
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:08AM

    Pakistanis can praise his speech as much as they want, but as far as India is concerned, any proposal that does not address terrorism originating in Pak (including PoK aka AJK), is a non-starter.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Raising the Kashmir issue at all forums is Pakistan’s new resolve… Enough of olive branches to India… Let’s do Modi on Modi!!!!

    A war monger heads India… We need to now look straight into his eyes.

    India has the biggest army engagement in the world as we speak, against hapless Kashmiris…
    Rape and senseless killings of innocent women and children continues unabated and unashamedly in Indian Kashmir… The world needs to take notice of this!!!!Recommend

  • Arif
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:27AM

    Grow up please! Your name should have been uncle not ankur.Recommend

  • Haseeb
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:40AM

    Where is that long awaited proof?Recommend

  • kanishka
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:47AM

    When will Nawaz Sharif hand over the Dossier to the UN against India’s alleged involvement in terrorism in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Sadiq Ali
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:53AM

    Yawn. Very disappointed with Nawaz trip and speech.
    I wish he could bring more investments like Modi. Without economic clout, we are becoming increasingly irrelevant.Recommend

  • Gavin
    Oct 1, 2015 - 1:02AM

    @usman777: Mature people/nations seldom look for others approval. Last i checked India/Indians weren’t looking for approval. Recommend

  • Asok
    Oct 1, 2015 - 3:10AM

    What exactly do folks imagine that this speech will accomplish? There will be zero new diplomatic pressure on India from this. The speech is good for domestic consumption in Pakistan. That is all, and nothing more.Recommend

  • a_writer
    Oct 1, 2015 - 3:55AM

    That’s it? This is the ‘out of the box’ and vision of the leader of a nation? – Just address these four points, (which by the way are all favorable to Pakistan) and everyone will happily ever after?
    The proof of the pudding now is to wait and see how many leaders of other nations give the clarion call to India to implement these ‘original’ ideas.Recommend

  • Ks110
    Oct 1, 2015 - 3:59AM

    Target was domestic audience. There was nothing too provocative.NS did his best not inflame Indian sentiments. There was too much built up to this speech.
    Btw: whatever happened to those proofs of Indian involvement in all terror activities and dossiers Sir Sirtaj Aziz was showing at all podiums.
    This is how Pakistan proves to the World their true colors. Recommend

  • Rarun
    Oct 1, 2015 - 5:09AM

    The first step should have been to acknowledge the mistakes Pakistan has made with regards to Kashmir, including ill fated invasions and cross border terrorism. The second step should have been to undertake that these will never happen again. Then and only then can other confidence building measures proceed.Recommend

  • Alien1
    Oct 1, 2015 - 5:14AM

    First watch the video where the kashmiris of POK complaining about gross human rights violations by pakistani army and police.Recommend

  • AK BobA
    Oct 1, 2015 - 5:15AM

    Point 2 is common sense.

    1,3 & 4 proposed as Pakistan is at a disadvantage if statusquoue continues.

    You think Indians are fools !!!!Recommend

  • someone
    Oct 1, 2015 - 5:19AM

    Ahhhh…well didn’t Sartaz Aziz say that India should approach to Pakistan for reconciliation??? Now Mr. NS practically pleading India to start the talks. What is going on in Pakistan? Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Oct 1, 2015 - 5:32AM

    India proposes a 4 point initiative for peace that also fits in with the UN agenda:

    We propose Pakistan and India formalize a framework to identify all terror organizations in Pakistan under UN aegis and arrest all associated with those outfits under UN peacekeeping initiative.
    We propose Pakistan and India reaffirm that nobody will insult the civilized nature of this world by threatening nuclear ‘flash-points”.
    Steps must be taken to demilitarize POK, Indian Kashmir and GB, return of Chines held Kashmir and return of all original inhabitants. The same should be done in other contested areas in the region such as Xinjiang and Balochistan.
    Agree to rewrite Pakistan’s constitution so that all faiths get equal opportunities.

  • Delhiboy
    Oct 1, 2015 - 6:18AM

    @Point.. are you talking about China or Russia,or USA.. All major powers push around their weight that is nature of big Power. If India grows It would push its weight even though you like it or not..talking about China please watch the videos on their Muslim population ( heard about ur molvis dancing on disco tunes) and their issues with all its neighbours I never heard Pakistanis complain about Master China hence don’t talk about issues you have no idea of.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Oct 1, 2015 - 6:33AM

    I think Kashmir must be demilitarized and LOC must be opened for free movement of Kashmiries.

    The should also be allowed to obseve what Pakistan and India have done in their area of Jurisdiction.

    After 2 -3 year kashmiries should be allowed to vote whether they want to access to Pakistan, India or Independant.

    Nawaz Sharif take a bold stance especially on Kashmir Issue.Recommend

  • usman777
    Oct 1, 2015 - 6:35AM

    @gavin, not seeking approval… is trolling a Pakstani paper and commenting diligently an example of said “non-approval seeking” ?Recommend

  • Plal
    Oct 1, 2015 - 7:30AM

    @Point: China is also security council member and it has problem with neighbor (India,Japan,Vietnam, etc)and suppressing human rights in Tibet & It’s Muslim area where Muslim can not fast during Ramzan and bear burqa.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Oct 1, 2015 - 7:46AM

    I am totally disappointed with our PM. Before the UN meet there was such a hue and cry of exposing India and presenting of Dossier etc. What happened to that? We are basically feared the results of such provocative act? Why then India is not blamed in UN? This Govt is useless.Recommend

  • someone
    Oct 1, 2015 - 8:01AM

    How about Pakistan takes its army and non native out of PoK first, get GB territory from China and then we’ll discuss Kashmir. Let us know when you guys have final dates for all this. Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Oct 1, 2015 - 8:03AM

    What about aspirations of Kashmiris living in Gilgit Baltistan and Pak Occupied Kashmir and Baloch in Balochistn and Pashun in Waziristan? Should they not be given right for freedom?Recommend

  • dude
    Oct 1, 2015 - 8:19AM

    this is hopelessRecommend

  • harkol
    Oct 1, 2015 - 8:30AM

    Here is a single point peace initiative – Convert LOC to border, letting us mind our own businesses.Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Oct 1, 2015 - 8:40AM

    Nawaz Sharif has saved his job, by raising Kashmir at the UN … !!Recommend

  • Yasir Mushtaq Malik
    Oct 1, 2015 - 8:49AM

    UNGA and the address there hails nothing
    Nobody can be more outspoken than Z.A Bhutto.Recommend

  • Dr.shafi
    Oct 1, 2015 - 9:03AM

    @ankur, plz dont see the world under ur own mirror, if u want friendship and peace with india then u have to take care of u and vice versa, look the human rights record of india in kashmir.According to Arundhati roy kashmir is under most brutal occupation of the todays worldRecommend

  • Vectra
    Oct 1, 2015 - 2:16PM

    Currently Pakistan is at total disadvantage and now pakistan say this because it cannot afford to keep it troops in kashmir as high costs has started biting on pakistans exchequers treasury simultaneously the US aid is dying.But i dont think India would bother to even listen to pakistan so called unrealistic suggestions as India is far stronger now than it was in the past.
    Better check India’s response to NS in UN.That’s very tough response from India’s MEA.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Oct 1, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Currently Pakistan is at total disadvantage and now pakistan say this because it cannot afford to keep it troops in kashmir as high costs has started biting on pakistans exchequers treasury simultaneously the US aid is dying.But i don’t think India would bother to even listen to pakistan so called unrealistic suggestions let alone agreeing to it as India is far stronger now than it was in the past.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Oct 1, 2015 - 2:18PM

    Have any one checked India’s response to NS??.Thats very tough response from India’s MEA.Check yourself from net.Recommend

  • Oct 1, 2015 - 10:48PM

    India should listen to what Pakistan says….Pakistan is ready to listen what India says….but the problem is that whenever the peace process comes closer…the indian army starts unprovoked firing at the border ! why? Is the indian military crazy or what?? India is not a super power of this region so it should listen to what pakistan says…and pakistan will listen to what india says !!!!
    India cannot force Pakistan to forget kashmir by sponsoring terror in balochistan and FATA from afghanistan !Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2015 - 4:30AM

    It is the voice of every Kashmiri and Pakistani which Nawaz Sharif has spoken in UN.But India is at the previous stage”I don’t believe”Recommend

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