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PM to “forcefully” highlight Kashmir issue at UNGA session: FO

Pakistan rejects blame of involvement in Uri attack

ISLAMABAD, 18 AUG (DNA – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will “forcefully” present Pakistan’s stance on the state-terrorism in Indian-held Kashmir at the upcoming session of UN General Assembly in New York next month, the Foreign Office said Thursday.

“The Prime Minister is going to take this issue very forcefully at the UN platform,” Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a weekly press briefing, here at Foreign Office.

The Spokesman said Pakistan always raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the annual UNGA session and mentioned Nawaz Sharif’s speech during last year’s session “where he strongly highlighted the internationally recognized dispute”.

He said most of the UN Security Council members had already been taken onboard on the continued violation of human rights in Indian-held Kashmir.

Whether more dossiers would be presented to the UN about Indian involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan, the Spokesman said investigations were in process following the arrest of Indian spy Kalbhushan Yadav. “At appropriate time, we will further take action in this regard,” he said.

About update on the letter of Foreign Secretary written to his counterpart proposing exclusive dialogue on Kashmir, Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said “we have extended the invitation, and would like to get the issue resolved through dialogue”.

On reports about Indian Finance Minister not attending the upcoming SAARC (South Asian Cooperation for Regional Cooperation) Finance Ministers Conference on August 25-26, he said Pakistan had invited all the finance ministers of members and was awaiting their response.

Commenting on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Balochistan, the Spokesman termed it an admittance to the fact of “state involvement and state terrorism” in the province.

He mentioned that people of Balochistan and Karachi had suffered due to the activities of Indian intelligence activities. About the remarks of Indian minister Jitendra Singh saying final battle for freedom is to liberate the Azad Kashmir, he said the statement was a violation to the UN Security Council’s resolutions that regarded Kashmir a disputed matter.

He said the statement of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh did not conform to the domain of SAARC and was “against diplomatic norms”. Zakaria said Pakistan wanted to promote the endeavours of SAARC which aimed at socio-economic development of the member countries. DNA

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