Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, a freedom fighter, brought Kashmir to turning point, and the valley is ‘bubbling up like a volcano’.

In his Wednesday’s address to the session carrying leaders of all the political parties except PTI, the PM also demanded that Indian atrocities and violation of human rights should be ended in Kashmir.

Urging the world to press India put an end to the ongoing curfew in the Occupied territory, the Pakistani premier said that steps should be taken for withdrawal of Indian troops from Held Kashmir and political prisoners should be released.

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Burhan Muzaffar Wani, also known as Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces on 8 July, 2016. His killing drew tens of thousands to rise up and renew demands for freedom from Indian rule.

“Pakistan is against war and wants durable peace in the region. We want to resolve all issues through negotiations,” Nawaz Sharif said, 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.”

Without naming Narendra Modi, PM Nawaz said 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,” he further maintained.

Backing the PM for taking a strong stance over the issue, Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said that no compromise could be made on Kashmir.

Speaking at the floor of the House, Shah said that the government should have continuously pressed the world for the resolution of Kashmir dispute, adding that the resolution adopted in the past were not implemented.

In an apparent hit at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said: “We do not play politics on Kashmir policy”. “Some of our friends did not do the right thing by boycotting the session,” he added.

Besides the reinstatement of the National Security Committee, the PPP chairman suggested to appoint a permanent foreign minister, who could effectively run foreign and diplomatic affairs.

The session, which is aimed at expressing resolve to defend the sovereignty and integrity of the country at all costs, was summoned to discuss unprovoked aggression of Indian security forces across the Line of Control (LoC) and deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.