Vacate PoK, ‘de-terrorise’ Pak: India’s sharp reply to Sharif

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 09:40 IST
Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York City. (AFP)

India on Wednesday said de-militarising Kashmir is not the answer for achieving peace but “de-terrorising” Pakistan is.

“To de-militarise Kashmir is not the answer, to de-terrorise Pakistan is,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up Kashmir issue in his address at UN General Assembly earlier in day.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday had offered peace talks to India built around ceasefire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir and demilitaristion of the state. Addressing the UN general assembly, Sharif said he was proposing a new four-point peace initiative with India “starting with measures that are the simplest to implement”.

In response to Sharif describing Pakistan as the “primary victim” of terrorism, Swarup said, “Pakistan is not primary victim of terrorism but of its own policies. It is in fact the prime sponsor of terrorism.”

Swarup further tweeted that Pakistan’s “instability arises from its breeding of terrorists. Blaming neighbours is not a solution.”

Reacting to Sharif’s remarks that “Palestinians and Kashmiris (are) oppressed by foreign occupation”, Swarup said the “Pak PM gets foreign occupation right, occupier wrong. We urge early vacation of Pak occupied Kashmir.”

Sharif had equated Kashmir with Palestine while talking about “suffering of Muslims across the world”, saying “Palestinians and Kashmiris (are) oppressed by foreign occupation.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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