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India condemns Nawaz Sharif’s speech at UN

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif’s glorifying Burhan Wani, is nothing but 'Self-Incrimination' Says India

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Publish Date: Sep 22 2016 9:01AM | Updated Date: Sep 22 2016 9:01AM

India condemns Nawaz Sharif’s speech at UN

India has strongly criticized Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Sharif hailed the Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani and also raked up the Kashmir protests. Nawaz Sharif also denied Pakistan support in Uri attack, India said.


Sharif in his address said Pakistan was ready to talk to India but India imposing unacceptable conditions. He blamed India for stepping back. He also raked up the protests in Kashmir and hailed Burhan Wani, who was killed on July 8, as a leader of a "Kashmiri intifada".


"Pakistan wants peace with India. We have gone the extra mile and repeatedly offered dialogue. India has imposed unacceptable conditions." Sharif spent most of his time talking on Kashmir and India.


"Talks are no favour to Pakistan. They are in the interest of both and essential to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and avoid escalation," he said.


Addressing the media, junior foreign minister MJ Akbar said, "It is shocking that a leader of a free nation can glorify a self-declared terrorist (Burhan Wani). This is self-incrimination by Pakistan."


Responding to Sharif's claim that Pakistan has "gone the extra mile and repeatedly offered dialogue", Mr Akbar said, "We haven't seen the first mile, where is the question of the extra mile?" Pakistan wants dialogue while "holding a gun in its hand". "Talks and guns don't go together."


Minutes after Sharif's address at the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Pak PM Sharif glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani at UNGA. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism.”