Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif praises Burhan Wani again, accuses India of ceasefire violation
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday accused India of stalling the dialogue process.
Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday accused India of stalling the dialogue process and urged world powers to ensure that UN resolutions on Kashmir are implemented.
At the same time, he praised Hizbul militant yet again while addressing a joint session of Parliament on 'Kashmir issue' saying, "Burhan Wani's sacrifice has brought Kashmir movement to a defining moment."
On the terror attack on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir he said, "Within hours of Uri attack and without any investigation, India blamed Pakistan for it. Uri incident took place exactly when I was about to address UNGA, the timing seems suspicious. Pakistan suggested an international level inquiry of Uri attack with an open heart."
He further said, "We are against war, we want peace and want to resolve all issues including Kashmir peacefully," adding, "We have done everything to make India come to dialogue table, but India did not let it happen. The region is in danger due to Indian attitude. World powers need to ensure that UN resolutions on Kashmir should be implemented."
"Pakistan is the biggest state who is the victim of terrorism," Sharif maintained.
Indulging in his usual anti-India rhetoric he said, "On September 28, India’s ceasefire violation resulted in the death of our two soldiers. It was befittingly responded and was conveyed that Pakistan Army is fully capable of responding to any aggression."
Apparently referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that India and Pakistan should fight against poverty, Sharif said, "If they want us to fight them to end poverty, then they should realise that poverty cannot be ended by driving tanks on farmlands."
When PM Modi reached out to people of Pakistan
On September 24, PM Modi had reached out to the people of Pakistan and had asked them to question their government as to why it talks about Kashmir and misleads them when it cannot handle PoK, Baluchistan and Gilgit.
"The leaders of the neighbouring country who read out scripts written by terrorists are singing the Kashmir song. Today from here, I want to talk to people of Pakistan directly. I want to remind them that before 1947, your forefathers had saluted this land. Pakistan's public should ask its leaders as to why despite getting Independence together what is the reason India exports software and Pakistan exports terrorism," he had said.
Lashing out at the neighbouring country, PM Modi had said that its leaders used to say that they would fight for 1000 years with India and had wondered where they were now.
"I accept this challenge. I want to tell you that India wants to fight with Pakistan. If you have the courage then why not fight to end poverty, unemployment, illiteracy. Let us see which country wins, India or Pakistan," he had said.
"Across the world wherever a terror incident happens you will find that either terrorists had gone from there (Pakistan) or have settled there after committing the crime like Osama bin Laden," PM Modi had pointed out, referring to the al Qaeda leader.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's efforts to forge an united political front against India had received a rude shock yesterday when Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan announced boycott of the joint session saying participation would mean 'endorsing' leadership of Sharif, whom he wants to remove from office over alleged corruption.
"We have a clear line on the PM (Sharif). We thought if we attend tomorrow, we would be endorsing him. But he has lost his moral authority because of the Panama leaks," he had said, as per PTI.
Imran had added that Sharif had also failed to implement the National Action Plan announced after Peshawar school attack to remove militancy.
He also blasted the Pakistan PM for failing to give forceful response to India in recent tension.
Uri attack and surgical strikes by India across LoC
In the worst attack on Indian Army in many years, heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had stormed a base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours of September 18, killing 19 jawans, prompting PM Modi to assert that those responsible would not go 'unpunished'.
Located barely a few kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) and some 70 km from Srinagar, the base was subjected to the brazen attack by four terrorists at around 5.30 am.
Most of the Army casualties resulted from the fire in tents in which jawans were sleeping.
After the three-hour gunbattle, the terrorists were killed by the Army.
Days after the attack, India carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.
The announcement was made by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.
"Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu & Kashmir and in various other metros in our country, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads," General Singh had told a news conference during which External affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present.
Pakistan, however, dismissed it as 'fabrication of truth'. "There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross-border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon," Pakistan Army had said in a statement in Islamabad at that time.
(With Agency inputs)