Pakistan to ‘forcefully’ raise Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly

  • IANS, Islamabad
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 21:43 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Reuters File Photo)

Pakistan will “forcefully” present its stance on India’s “state terrorism” in Jammu and Kashmir at the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is going to take this issue very forcefully at the UN platform,” Nafees Zakaria, Foreign Office spokesperson, said in his weekly press briefing.

Zakaria said Pakistan has always raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the annual UNGA session and mentioned Sharif’s speech at last year’s session “where he strongly highlighted the internationally recognised dispute”.

He said most UN Security Council members had “already been taken on board on the continued human rights violations” in Kashmir Valley.

At least 65 people, including children, have been killed in Kashmir Valley battling the worst outbreak of unrest in many years.

The latest round of violence in Kashmir was triggered on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, who was popular on social media, was killed.

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