Sushma attacks Pak PM Sharif, says Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2016 01:50 IST
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj addresses a press conference in New Delhi. (PTI file)

Pakistan’s dirty money, dangerous terrorists and duplicitous state institutions want to destabilise Kashmir, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday, launching an attack on Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his comments on the recent unrest in the militancy-hit state.

The whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India, Swaraj said, and reminded Islamabad: “You will never be able to make this heaven on earth a haven for terrorists.”

Her statement came a day after Sharif’s PML-N party emerged victorious in elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the premier said he hoped Jammu and Kashmir will soon become a part of his country.

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Behind Pakistan’s unabashed encouragement to terrorism lies the delusional and dangerous dream that Kashmir will one day become its part, Swaraj said at a press conference where she was accompanied by ministers Manohar Parrikar and MJ Akbar.

India will like to tell the Pakistan PM that this dream won’t be realised, she said, criticising Sharif for calling slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani a ‘martyr’.

India and Pakistan have been trading charges ever since Kashmir was gripped in turmoil following the killing of 22-year-old Wani, who died on July 8 in an encounter in southern Kashmir.

His death triggered a wave of protests that killed more than 40 people and injured hundreds.

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Pakistan observed on July 20 a “black day” to protest against the killings, drawing an angry reaction from India which accused Islamabad of interfering in New Delhi’s internal affairs and backing terrorism.

Swaraj said Wani was carrying an award of Rs 10 lakh on his head because he had “perpetrated heinous crimes including the murder of elected representatives and security personnel”.

She also said Pakistan’s state machinery was in active partnership with “United Nations-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed and other leading terrorists belonging to internationally proscribed organisations”.

“Sadly, it’s not Pakistan’s good wishes or moral or diplomatic support but its weapons and terrorism that it has (been) exported to Jammu and Kashmir.”

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