Pakistani PM to focus on Kashmir and India in UN address

Pakistani PM to focus on Kashmir and India in UN address

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly today for this week’s general debate of the 70th session of the General Assembly.

The Pakistani leader raised the Kashmir plebiscite issue with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday and wanted the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan to be strengthened.

Mr Sharif is expected to use his speech to restart the debate on the Kashmir issue but is set to put forward several steps to de-escalate tension and establish peace along the Line of Control.

The greater Kashmir region is the subject of a long running dispute between Pakistan and India.

India insists that the Kashmir dispute is a bilateral issue and opposes any international involvement. Pakistan is of the view that Indian policy of bilateralism has failed as the Kashmir issue remains unresolved even after more than 60 years.

Mr Sharif is also tipped to oppose India’s bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Speaking at the United Nations Summit on sustainable development goals, Mr Sharif focused on development.

“Development strategies remain first and foremost national undertakings,” he said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Azaz Ahmed Chaudary has said that India violated ceasefire on Working Boundary and Line of Control more than 400 times so far in 2015.

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