Lasting peace in region impossible sans resolution of Kashmir dispute: PM

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LONDON, Sep 23 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said the achievement of lasting peace in the region was impossible without the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Talking to reporters here after his arrival from New York, he rejected the Indian allegations on Uri attack as “irresponsible” and “without any evidence.”

He said before accusing Pakistan, India should have looked at its atrocious role in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and mentioned the brutalities being perpetrated against the innocent Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the Occupied Kashmir.

The Prime Minister said the whole world knew about the Indian atrocities in the Occupied Kashmir in which around 108 people had so far been killed, over 150 blinded and thousands injured.

He said the Uri attack can be the reaction of these atrocities, as the close relatives and near and dear ones of those killed and blinded over the last two months were hurt and outraged.

The Prime Minister wondered how India had hurled accusations against Pakistan only hours after the Uri incident without holding any inquiry or investigation.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in response to a question said, while addressing the UN General Assembly, he had spoken on all important issues and presented his country’s viewpoint before the world leaders.

“There was a specific time for the speech and whatever was important was said,” he added.

To another question, the Prime Minister said the whole world including the United States did not believe in the issue of Balochistan raised by India.

To a question about the anger of PML N workers over the planned PTI rally in Raiwind, Nawaz Sharif said, the PML N workers have been directed not to create any hurdle, or come in the way of PTI rally, and he believed the workers would follow the party direction.

He, however, added that it was time for all the political forces to stand united and work for the betterment of country and nation.

To a question about the reports that India was pressurizing the SAARC member countries not to attend the regional summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan in November, the Prime Minster said Pakistan was preparing for the summit and he hoped all the member countries would attend the summit.

Prime Minister Sharif, responding to another query, said whenever Pakistan talked to India, we demanded discussion on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, as the achievement of lasting peace was impossible without the resolution of this dispute.

To a question about the possibility of his meeting with Co Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari in London, Nawaz Sharif said,exchange of views and consultation among the political parties should continue.

He said, Asif Ali Zardari, the former president, completed his tenure with respect, adding, “We did not make any effort to destabilize their government, and we are also taking them along.”

About the development work in Azad Kashmir, he said, development of infrastructure and construction of new roads as well as the rehabilitation of the existing ones was needed in AJK, for which the federal government was providing funds.

The Prime Minister said the development budget of AJK has been doubled and major projects in the areas of health care, education etc.

were being launched to provide facilities to the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Nawaz Sharif said, he would visit AJK soon to discuss with the AJK government and approve various development project for Azad Kashmir.

About the impact of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan, he aaid, the province was the center of CPEC projects. A network of roads was being laid in Balochistan, besides, the development of Gwadar Port as well as modern airport there and the construction of universities.

He said unprecedented development work was underway in
Balochistan, adding, Gwadar would be connected with Khunjrab and Central Asian States.

Such a huge development work in Balochistan as well as
CPEC was not digestible for the anti Pakistan elements, the Prime Minister remarked.