No peace without Kashmir resolution: Nawaz at UNGA

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that peace among the two neighbors is not possible without the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue. In his speech at United Nations General Assembly’s 71st session, he expressed his deep concerns for Kashmir and said that Pakistan fully supports the demand of Kashmiri people for self-determination.

He demanded an “independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings” and a U.N. fact-finding mission to Kashmir “so that those guilty of these atrocities are punished.”

“Confrontation should not be the destination in South Asia. We want peace with India,” said PM Nawaz Sharif. He claimed that he had “gone the extra mile to achieve this, repeatedly offering a dialogue to address all outstanding issues but India has imposed unacceptable preconditions to engage in a dialogue.

“Let us be clear: talks are no favour to Pakistan. Talks are in the interest of both countries. They are essential to resolve our differences, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and to avert the danger of any escalation.” He also said that Pakistan is not interested in arms race with India.

PM Nawaz Sharif also elaborated Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism, “Pakistan has been the principle victim of terrorism, including that supported and sponsored from abroad.”

“We will not allow externally sponsored terrorism and threats of destabilization to cause turbulence in Pakistan,” said Nawaz referring to both its neighbor, India and Afghanistan.

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