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PM says his UN speech reflected public sentiments on Kashmir

He was speaking to media in London before leaving for Pakistan.

The PM said ongoing protests had inflicted large damages on the economy.

“We have not staged rallies so far. When we do, it will be known to public,” he said in an apparent retort to protesters, hinting at the public support PML-N enjoys.

He said he didn’t want to talk about those doing unconstructive politics.

To another question, the prime minister said marchers were staging sit-ins in Islamabad, while we [the government] are doing their work.

He was of the view that the entire nation was standing on one side while a group of few people was on the other side.

PM Sharif in the 69th UN General Assembly session on Friday had described the Kashmir dispute as “the core issue” between India and Pakistan. He also rejected another New Delhi demand that Pakistan should no longer call it the core issue and instead focus on other issues, such as better bilateral trade, for improving ties.

“We cannot draw a veil on the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said in his speech.



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