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Pakistan committed to Kashmir, India must show seriousness: PM

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged India on Saturday to show seriousness for a peaceful resolution of the issue of Kashmir since it was the chief reason behind the ongoing tensions in the region, particularly between the two neighbouring countries.

The premier said, if the Modi government was serious in resolving the issue then Pakistan would support its gesture too.

Unfortunately, Pakistan has always backed the idea of resuming peace talks with India on all outstanding matters including Kashmir but India never responded positively.

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During an informal meeting with media representatives in Azerbaijan before leaving for Pakistan, he complained that India was in a rush to blame Pakistan, something utterly not acceptable, within a timeframe of only six hours after the Uri attacks.

On September 18, at least 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on the Uri army base, which India blamed on Pakistan-backed militants.

Regarding Indian claims of surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC), he clarified that no such incident ever happened inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

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Tensions have been high in the region since the killing of a young Kashmiri separatist leader Burhan Wani in July, which was followed by weeks of imposed curfew and deadly protests in the Indian-controlled portion.

Last week India claimed it launched surgical strikes across the LoC.

Islamabad has dismissed last week’s talk of surgical strikes across the heavily militarised LoC as an “illusion” and said two of its soldiers had been killed in small arms fire.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain seven decades ago, two of them over Kashmir. Both claim the region in full.



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