Urgent international attention required for Kashmir, says Pakistan

Sartaj Aziz
Photo of Pakistan's foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz.

Islamabad: According to a top Pakistani official, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute needs an international attention as it is “a burning issue requiring urgent international attention”.

Sartaj Aziz, the Advisor on Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, also said India’s bid “to portray the indigenous uprising in Kashmir as terrorism has been rejected” globally.

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The Indian stand that it was ready for a dialogue with Pakistan was no longer credible because India had scuttled all such opportunities in the past two decades “to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council’s relevant Resolutions”.

“India’s contention that Kashmir issue is, primarily, an issue of cross-border terrorism, is a claim that no one in the world is prepared to accept today,” he added.

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Aziz’s statement came amid worsening ties between India and Pakistan following New Delhi’s charge that the Pakistani military killed and “mutilated” the bodies of two of its soldiers on Monday.