Nawaz Sharif sends `message of good wishes` to PM Modi

Hours after raising the issue of Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday sent message of good wishes to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Updated: Sep 27, 2014, 11:33 AM IST
Nawaz Sharif sends `message of good wishes` to PM Modi

New York: Hours after raising the issue of Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday sent message of good wishes to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

"(I want to send) message of good wishes," Sharif told a news agency when asked if he had any message to Modi who landed in New York a few hours ago.

Emerging out of a meeting at UN after meeting US Vice President Joe Biden, Sharif, however, did not respond to questions if he would like to meet Modi in New York.

Sharif will leave for Pakistan later Saturday.

In the UN General Assembly, Sharif said the "core issue" of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved and pushed for a plebiscite in the state. He also blamed India for the calling off of bilateral foreign secretary-level talks last month.

Addressing the UNGA, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York, Sharif said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are "still waiting for fulfilment of the promise of plebiscite".

Sharif, whose own political existence is under threat in the light of two long-running protest sit-ins in Islamabad being held to seek his ouster over rigging in 2013 General Elections, said the "core issue of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved. This is the responsibility of the international community. We cannot draw a veil over the issue of Kashmir until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir".

Sharif alleged that "many generations of Kashmiris have lived their lives under occupation, accompanied by violence and abuse of their fundamental rights. Kashmiri women, in particular, have undergone immense suffering and humiliation".

"For decades, attempts have been made, both under UN auspices and bilaterally in the spirit of the Lahore Declaration, to resolve this dispute."

India had called off the August 25 foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan in Islamabad over its envoy in New Delhi hobnobbing with Kashmiri separatists, despite India requesting him not to do so.

(With Agency inputs)