Despite cross-border tensions rising to a new high following Uri attacks and India’s surgical strikes inside the LoC, there has been no let-up in Pakistan’s support to the Kashmir issue. In fact, Pakistan’s role in promoting terrorism in India is hardly a secret anymore despite repeated denial by India’s neighbouring country.
Raking up the Kashmir issue again, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Kashmiris were fighting for their right of self-determination and Pakistan would continue to support them.
“Pakistan is committed to the Kashmir cause. No power in the world can stop us from supporting the freedom struggle of Kashmiris,” he said.
He said India will be “mistaken” if it equates the “freedom struggle” of Kashmiri people with terrorism. Earlier he had alleged that atrocities in Kashmir had touched extremes and that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris.
It must be noted that when the US and the UK asked Sharif to condemn the Uri attacks, he flatly refused to denounce the assault. Sharif has alleged that the world, including London and Washington, had turned a blind eye to the killing of Kashmiris in clashes with the security forces after the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani in July.
Earlier, while addressing the joint special session of Pakistani Parliament, Sharif denied any involvement of Pakistan in the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed lives of 19 Indian soldiers.
Playing the victim card in the Parliament, Sharif had said, “Within hours of Uri Attack and without any investigation, India blamed Pakistan for it. We are against war, we want peace and want to resolve all issues including Kashmir peacefully.”
He mentioned that his Army is ready for any challenges and will take necessary actions in the situation of crisis. After blaming Pakistan for the September 19 Uri attack, India this month initiated a “diplomatic drive to isolate” Pakistan by opting out of the Saarc summit that was to be held in Islamabad in November.