Amid bilateral dialogue taking a backseat given the rising tensions between the nuclear armed neighbours, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Islamabad is ready to hold talks if India is serious about resolving the Kashmir issue.
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He said Kashmir is the “main cause of unrest” in the region and India must show seriousness about resolving the issue and honour its commitment under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Sharif added that Pakistan was committed to peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. He was talking to reporters in Baku before wrapping up a three-day visit to Azerbaijan.
The Pakistani prime minister also rejected Indian allegations that Pakistan was responsible for the Uri attacks.
Last month too, Sharif raised the Kashmir bogey at the UNGA and called Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani a “young leader murdered” by the Indian forces. He also said Pakistan will continue to support voices in Kashmir for self-determination.
He had extended support to the demands of Kashmiri people for self determination and asked for a UN fact finding mission to investigate the situation in Kashmir.
Tensions heightened between the two neighbouring nations following the September 18 attack at an Army camp in Uri town of Kashmir in which 19 soldiers were killed. India has blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group for the attack.
In the last few weeks, Pakistan has been rattled by global isolation after India’s diplomatic blitz over neighbouring country’s pro-terror policy. Following this, Sharif has told the country’s all-powerful ISI to crack down on terrorists and end the Mumbai attack trial and the probe into the Pathankot strike — New Delhi’s two key conditions to resume peace talks with Islamabad.