PM off to New York to attend UNGA
India to use platform to malign Pakistan: Analysts
Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif embarked upon an important visit on Saturday to New York to attend the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly where he is expected to emphatically highlight the Kashmir dispute as well as the recent wave of atrocities unleashed by the Indian troops in the held valley.
In his address to the UNGA on Wednesday, the prime minister will specifically focus on human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir. The Kashmir issue has always been a part of the statements by the Pakistani side at the UNGA meetings, but given the current deteriorating situation, Kashmir dispute will figure more prominently in the PM’s speech.
India-held Kashmir is witnessing a new turn in the freedom movement in which at least 90 people have been killed and some 10,000 have been injured.
To give final touches to his speech and get their inputs, the prime minister also held talks with the Kashmiri leaders in Muzaffarabad on Friday and assured them to highlight the issue not only at the UNGA but also in bilateral meetings with other world leaders on the sidelines of the moot. The other main issue that PM Nawaz Sharif will be taking up Pakistan’s candidature for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting.
“On the sidelines of the UNGA, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders, including the UN secretary-general.
Expecting a strong statement from Pakistan which has been supporting the Kashmiri people on the diplomatic and political, the Indian government, according to their media, is also preparing a strong statement in response to PM Nawaz Sharif’s. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be attending the UN meeting. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the meeting in his place on Sept 26.
In the past also whenever Pakistan raised the Kashmir dispute, New Delhi responded by hurling allegations of terrorism on Pakistan and by raising Balochistan as an issue. India also took up the Balochistan issue on Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council for the first time.
According to analysts, the Indian side will again highlight Balochistan at the UNGA which in no manner can be equated with Kashmir. “Kashmir is on the agenda of the UNSC for many decades and Pakistan is a party to it while Balochistan is an internal matter of Pakistan.” The analysts were also of the view that the PM in his speech should also raise the issue of Indian interference in Balochistan and tribal areas. They said that the recent statements of Indian leadership on Balochistan in fact are a clear testimony that New Delhi is instigating violence in the province.
The arrest of Kulbushan Yadav and the evidences collected from them are also a clear proof of that. Pakistan should strongly prepare its case and present these evidences at the world forum.