July 2017 News

Irked At Its Stand On Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif To Skip UN Event, Reports Pakistani Newspaper

4 July 2017
Times of India
Shailaja Neelakantan

Islamabad: Annoyed at its non-interfering stand on Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif plans to skip an upcoming United Nations (UN) event to 'promote peace', reported The Express Tribune on Tuesday, citing sources in Sharif's office. 'This is necessary. They (the UN) keep talking about peace. But they do nothing to overcome the plight of Kashmiris and stop state-sponsored terrorism in the Valley,' the sources told the Pakistani media outlet. The UN has always said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and it has consistently advocated the two nations hold talks to resolve their problems. Pakistan tells UN that India is 'converting Kashmir's Muslim majority to minority' 'Duplicitous' is what the sources called this position of the UN. 'This behaviour is duplicitous. How is it even possible to strive for peace in the region without acknowledging (Indian) terrorism in Kashmir?' the sources reportedly said. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chairman of Pakistan's parliamentary special committee on Kashmir, told the Tribune that he was the one who recommend Sharif adopt 'a tough stance'. 'This is an effective way to highlight the Kashmir issue at world forums. It is a shame that the Indian PM, despite unleashing terrorism upon innocent Kashmiris, managed to win Washington's favours on Kashmir ... (The US must remember) Modi himself is a terrorist who has blood of thousands of Muslims on his hands,' Rehman said to the Tribune. Just last week, Pakistan accused the US as well of having 'dual standards' on human rights, after the US state department designated Pakistan-backed Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a 'global terrorist'+ . 'It seems as though the blood of Kashmiris in not at all important to the US, and international laws relating to human rights do not apply to Kashmir,' Pakistan's interior minister Chaudhry Nisar said last week. Nisar said the US's actions 'mock' justice. 'Ignoring the worst form of state terrorism does not only mock justice and international norms, but also exposes the dual standards of those upholding human and democratic rights,' Nisar added.