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Pakistan seeks peace with India, calls for lasting solution of Jammu and Kashmir issue at UNGA

Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan

Pakistan again used the UN platform to raise the Jammu and Kashmir issue, when Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday, said that his country is looking for peace with all its neighbors, including India, provided there is a just and lasting solution to the Kashmir disputes.

During his address at the United Nations General Assembly session, PM Shehbaz spoke on a myriad of issues, but he maintained his focus on Jammu and Kashmir. He claimed India’s abrogation of Article 370 as an “illegal and unilateral” action on 5 August 2019.

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“Pakistan needs a stable external environment. We look for peace with all our neighbors, including India. Sustainable peace and stability in South Asia, however, remains contingent upon a just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said.

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He also mentioned the arms and ammunition capabilities of both countries and said it is high time for India to understand that both countries are armed to the teeth. He rejected war as an option and called for peaceful dialogue to resolve the issue.

Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif expressed his will to sit down and talk with his neighbor India. However, India has always maintained its position that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and shall forever” remain an integral part of the country.

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For a long time, India has been constantly attempting to enter the permanent member list of the UNSC. Addressing the issue of the addition of new members, Pakistan PM said this will “paralyse” the Council’s decision-making and create new centers of privilege.

Souring relationship between India-Pakistan after abrogation of Article 370

Pakistan went haywire when India removed Article 370 from the Indian Constitution to remove the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

In response, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India and expelled the Indian envoy. Afterwards, there was an increase in cases of cross-border firing and other border issues.

“It’s now up to us to resolve our differences, our problems or issues like peaceful neighbors through peaceful negotiations and discussions and save our scarce resources for promoting education and health and employment to millions of people,” he said focusing on the rapid militarization of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Speaking on the Afghanistan crisis, PM said at this point isolating the Afghan interim government could aggravate the suffering of the Afghan people who are already destitute.

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“They all need to be dealt with effectively and comprehensively with the support and cooperation of the interim Afghan authorities,” he said. On the Pakistan floods, he said 33 million people, including women and children, are at high risk of health hazards.

The country’s urgent priority was to ensure rapid economic growth and lift millions out of poverty and hunger, to enable any such policy, Pakistan needs a stable external environment, claimed Shehbaz Sharif.

(With inputs from PTI)

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