Poverty purge impossible by fire and blood


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World powers should ensure implementation of Kashmir Resolutions: Nawaz; PTI boycotts session

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the joint sitting of the Parliament on Wednesday said Burhan Wani’s martyrdom brought Kashmir to turning point, adding that the valley is bubbling up like a volcano.
Pakistan is against war and wants durable peace in the region, said the prime minister.
He said Pakistan wants to resolves all issues through negotiations, adding that the entire nation is united for the country’s defence. ”Our desire for peace should be taken as a sovereign nation’s wish”, said the premier.
PM Sharif without naming Narendra Modi referred to his statements, saying those who talk of ending poverty should know that this competition is not possible with fire and blood.
“They can target through pellets eyes of unarmed people, but cannot blind the entire history and humanity”, PM said hitting out at India.
“World powers need to ensure that UN resolutions on Kashmir should be implemented in letter and spirit,” he said. “We have done everything to make India come to the dialogue table, but India did not let it happen. Our efforts were thwarted over and over again. I would like to repeat our stance that we are against war. We want peace in the region. We want to resolve all outstanding disputes through dialogue.”
Touching on India’s allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in the India Uri base attack, Nawaz said: “Without any investigation within a few hours India put blamed Pakistan for the attack. Through this one can see what India’s motives are.
“On Sept 28, India’s ceasefire violation resulted in the death of our two soldiers. It was befittingly responded and was conveyed that Pakistan Army is fully capable of responding to any aggression.”
In an apparent response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that India and Pakistan should battle to eradicate poverty, the PM said: “If they want us to fight them to end poverty, then they should realise that poverty cannot end by driving tanks onto farmlands.”
Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah in his speech questioned: “Why does Pakistan feel isolated at the international arena? Why is our foreign policy so weak, why are we lonely? We have to realise our mistakes and choose better path for the future. Our policies have led to this stage, where Bangladesh is also against us.”
Throwing light on the Tashkent Declaration, Shah said: “Kashmir could have been solved in Tashkent but our weak diplomacy became a noose around our neck.”
Speaking on the Indian premier’s refusal to participate in the Saarc conference in Islamabad next month, Shah said: “They (India) have tried to isolate us diplomatically. The Saarc conference is before you. Five countries refused to attend it. We should have pre-empted such a developments.”
Talking about India’s unwillingness to resolve the outstanding Kashmir dispute, he added: “We need to tell the world that India cannot run away from what is on the record.
Why is the UN not resolving the Kashmir issue? Jawaharlal Nehru admitted this many times that Kashmir dispute would be resolved as per the will of the Kashmiri people. “We all are united for Kashmir as per PPP’s fundamental policy. We have a firm belief that Kashmiris will get their rights. The victory will be of Kashmiris and Pakistan.”
MQM (Pakistan) Chief Farooq Sattar said over 100 unarmed civilians have been martyred and over 1000 injured in Indian state terrorism during the current wave of violence in Occupied Kashmir. He said India had become habitual in resorting to unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations on the Line of Control. “Now New Delhi is going to impose water aggression against Pakistan” he added.
Farooq Sattar said India’s warmongering will not only destabilise the region, but the entire world and international community should be conveyed about this looming threat. Kashmir is a political as well as human issue, which should be resolved according to the aspirations of the people of the state and all the political forces are united against any Indian aggression.
Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq said, “The people of Kashmir have rendered numerous sacrifices in their struggle for their right to self-determination and they will soon see the dawn of freedom. He added the issue of Kashmir should be resolved according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir as promised in the UN Security Council resolutions. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf boycotted the session, for what it said, the PM’s failure to offer himself for accountability.

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