Calls Burhan Wani ‘symbol of latest Kashmiri intifada’| Demands impartial probe into ‘rights violations’ in Kashmir | Seeks implementation of Security Council resolutions to resolve the dispute
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that peace between India and Pakistan was not possible without the resolution of Kashmir dispute, even as he sought an impartial probe into ‘rights violations by Indian forces’ in Kashmir during the ongoing anti-India uprising triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
In his speech at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Sharif, speaking in the backdrop of Indo-Pak relations, said: “Pakistan wants peace with India. We have gone an extra mile to achieve this, repeatedly offering dialogue to address all outstanding issues, but India has posed unacceptable pre-conditions to engage in a dialogue. Let’s be clear. Talks are no favour to Pakistan. Talks are in the interest of both countries, and essential to resolve our differences especially the J&K dispute and to avert the danger of any escalations.”
He said: “Peace and normalization between India and Pakistan cannot be achieved without the resolution of Kashmir dispute. This is an objective evaluation, not a partisan position. Our predictions have now been confirmed by the events. A new generation of Kashmiris has risen spontaneously against India’s illegal occupation, demanding freedom from occupation. Burhan Wani, the young leader murdered by Indian forces, has emerged as a symbol of the latest Kashmiri intifada of popular and peaceful freedom movement, led by Kashmiris, young and old, men and women, armed only with an undying faith in the legitimacy of their cause and a hunger of freedom in their hearts.”
“This indigenous uprising of the Kashmiris has been met as usual with brutal repression by India’s occupational force of half a million soldiers. Over 100 Kashmiris have been killed, hundreds including children blinded by shotgun pellets and over 6000 unarmed civilians injured over the past two months. These Indian brutalities are well documented. I would like to inform the General Assembly that Pakistan will share with the UN Secretary General a detailed document containing information, an evidence of gross and systematic violations of human rights committed by Indian forces in occupied J&K. These brutalities will not suppress the spirit of Kashmiris, it will only intensify their anger and fortify their determination to see India end its occupation of Kashmir. From Srinagar to Sopore, men, women and children come out each day, defying curfew to demand freedom.”
He said Pakistan fully supports the demand of the Kashmiri people for self-determination as promised to them by several UN Security Council resolutions. “Their struggle is a legitimate one for liberation from an alien occupation. International law and declarations of the UN on self-determination give the Kashmiri people right to struggle for their freedom. Every year, the General Assembly unanimously adopts resolutions which reaffirm rights of all people’s to self-determination and call on States concerned to immediately end their occupation and all acts of repression.”
“On behalf of the Kashmiri people, on behalf of mothers, wives, sisters and fathers of innocent Kashmiri children, women and men who have been killed, blinded and injured, on behalf of Pakistani nation, I demand an independent inquiry into the extrajudicial killings and UN fact-finding mission to investigate brutalities perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces so that those guilty of these atrocities are punished,” he said.
“We demand immediate release of all Kashmiri political prisoners, end to curfew, freedom to people to demonstrate peacefully, urgent medical help for injured and abrogation of India’s draconian laws,” he said.
“The Security Council has called for exercise of right to self-determination by people of J&K through a free and fair plebiscite held under the UN auspices. People of Kashmir have waited for 70 years for implementation of this promise. The Security Council must hour its commitments by implementing its own decisions. This General Assembly must demand India to deliver on its commitments (that) its leaders solemnly (have) made on many occasions.”
“To this end, steps should be taken by the UN to demilitarize J&K and undertake consultations with India, Pakistan as a true representative of Kashmiri people, to implement the resolutions of the Security Council,” he said.
“In this context, we welcome the offer of the good offices by Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon,” he said. “We are also open to consultations with Security Council to explore the modalities for implementation of the Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.”
“The international community ignores rising tensions in South Asia at its own peril. For its part, Pakistan is committed to establishment of strategic stability in the region. It neither wants, nor is it engaged in arms race with India, but we cannot ignore our neighbor’s unprecedented arms build-up, and will take all necessary measures to maintain the credible deterrence.”
“Today from here, I would like to reiterate our offer to India to enter into a serious and sustained dialogue for the peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially J&K. As a responsible nuclear weapon state, Pakistan will continue to cooperate with all international efforts that seek to promote fair efforts to disarmament and non-proliferation challenges.”