Islamabad: Jama’t ud Da’wah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on Saturday praised Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for raking up Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly.
Addressing the UNGA on Friday, Sharif had said that a “veil” cannot be drawn over the “core” issue of Kashmir and Pakistan was ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations.
Reacting to Sharif’s remarks, Saeed said that the Pakistan Prime Minister’s statement was commendable.
“We appreciate Nawaz Sharif’s straight forward commendable statement on Kashmir at UNGA – It represents National Aspirations in verbatim (sic),” the JuD chief tweeted.
Sharif had said, “Our support and advocacy of the right to self- determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is our historic commitment and a duty, as a party to the Kashmir dispute.”
Needling India, Sharif said, “The people of Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting for the fulfilment of that promise.”
“Many generations of Kashmiris have lived their lives under occupation, accompanied by violence and abuse of their fundamental rights. Kashmiri women, in particular, have undergone immense suffering and humiliation,” he had said.
“The core issue of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved. This is the responsibility of the international community. 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,” Sharif had told the gathering.
India had called off the Foreign Secretary-level talks in August after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi, ignoring India’s warning not to meet the separatist leaders.