Nawaz Sharif to highlight Pak’s focus on Kashmir issue at UNGA

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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

In a bid to publicise the violent situation in Kashmir and the human right violations carried out by Indian security forces, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has landed in the US to take part in the 71st session of the UNGA.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, the Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani and senior officials of the Pakistani Mission received Sharif at New York airport.

At the United Nations, Sharif will bring into focus Pakistan’s position at the meeting, which he would address on September 21.

Even before he could get the first word in, the US State Department in reaction to the Uri terrorist attack had issued a strongly worded statement against terrorism. “The US condemns the Uri terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18. The US is committed to a strong partnership with India to combat terrorism,” said the State Department.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary AA Chaudhry said the PM would go through a tight schedule on September 21. On the same day, he would have 11 bilateral meetings and focus on the current situation in Kashmir. He would also call on the UN to live up to its promise of giving the right to self-determination of Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions. During these bilateral meetings, he will exchange views on global, regional and bilateral issues without flinching from the main issue—Kashmir and atrocities on Kashmiris. 

Among those Sharif would meet include US President Barack Obama, Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad Bin Naïf, Iranian President Hassan Rohani, PMs of Japan, New Zealand and Nepal, Turkish President, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Meanwhile, India is also readying to raise the Uri terrorist attack issue in which 17 army jawans were killed and 20 others hurt, at the 71st United Nations General Assembly and also highlight Pakistan’s involvement in the terror strike.