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UNGA: Sharif hits out at India, says Kashmir’s ‘struggle’ is legitimate

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is addressing the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2016 23:33 IST
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan speaks during a high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, on September 19.(REUTERS)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night.

Sharif talked about the Kashmir issue even as his country was facing criticism from New Delhi over an attack on an army camp in northern Kashmir’s Uri that killed 18 Indian soldiers.

Here are the highlights:

* A new cold war threatens to engulf Europe.

* Turmoil is intensifying in the Middle East.

* Sharif stresses the importance of fight against Daesh, or the Islamic State militant group.

* Pakistan has been a victim terrorism. This has reinforced our resolve.

* Sharif praises the Pakistan government’s efforts to defeat terrorism.

* Terrorism is now a global phenomenon, the international community has to address it .

* We have to address the root causes to eliminate terrorism.

* Pakistan wants peace with India. We have gone the extra mile.

* The solution of Kashmir dispute a must for peace and noramalisation between India and Pakistan.

* There is a peaceful freedom movement led by Kashmiris.

* The Kashmiri uprising has been met with India’s brutal force.

* Pakistan supports the demand of Kashmiri people.

* I demand a UN fact-finding mission to Kashmir to take stock of extrajudicial killings.

* Sharif demands UN-backed plebiscite, also pitches for the demilitarisation of Jammu and Kashmir.

* Pakistan committed to peace in South Asia.

* We are open to talks with India without any conditions -- at any forum.

* Ready to enter into a serious and sustained dialogue with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Jammu and Kashmir.

* Pakistan is fully eligible for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Sharif’s UNGA address came amid a diplomatic spar between the neighbours heightened by the deadly Sunday attack.

As India plans to isolate Pakistan through diplomatic means, Islamabad seems determined to rake up the recent Kashmir unrest triggered by the killing of a militant leader in July.

The militancy-hit state has been rocked by two months of violent protests in which 86 people have been killed and thousands injured. The Pakistani leadership has accused the Indian government of using excessive forces on civilians.

But the attack in Uri has put the spotlight once again on cross-border militancy. Hours before Sharif’s address, India summoned Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit and offered evidence for a possible probe.

Ahead of his speech, Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif amid signs he may tone down his rhetoric to reduce tensions with India, the Press Trust of India reported.

Reports said the two discussed the situation in Kashmir and tense relations with India.

First Published: Sep 21, 2016 22:56 IST