Pak Baits In­dia Again, To Send Kash­mir Envoys To 22 Na­tions

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In­dia re­fused to re­spond to the fresh round of di­plo­matic provo­ca­tion by Pak­istan, as Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif named 22 par­lia­men­tar­i­ans on Satur­day as spe­cial envoys to high­light its stance on the Kash­mir is­sue in key cap­i­tals of the world. “I am stand­ing behind these spe­cial envoys to en­sure their toil for high­light­ing the Kash­mir cause res­onates across the world, so that I can shake the col­lec­tive con­science of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity dur­ing my ad­dress at the United Na­tions this Septem­ber,” he said. “On its part, New Delhi has kept the fo­cus on ter­ror­ism and Pak­istan’s sup­port for vi­o­lence in its ex­changes with Islamabad and while ex­plain­ing the sit­u­a­tion in J&K (Jammu and Kash­mir) to other na­tions. “I have de­cided to send these par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for fight­ing the Kash­mir cause in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. These spe­cial envoys have the strength of the peo­ple of Pak­istan, prayers from the Kash­miri peo­ple across the line of con­trol, the man­date of Par­lia­ment and sup­port from the gov­ern­ment,” the Pak­istan PM said in a state­ment is­sued by his of­fice. So far Pak­istan’s ef­forts to drum up sup­port for its stance on Kash­mir has not struck any sig­nif­i­cant chord with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The bi­lat­eral at­mos­phere be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan has steadily wors­ened, rais­ing ques­tions about In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s trip to Islamabad for the Saarc sum­mit in Novem­ber. Sources in New Delhi said Nawaz Sharif’s de­scrip­tion of slain Hizbul com­man­der Burhan Wani as a “mar­tyr” and dec­la­ra­tion of Pak­istan In­de­pen­dence Day as “Free­dom for Kash­mir” Day breached cer­tain bound­aries. Keep­ing up the tempo on an un­usu­ally vo­cif­er­ous cam­paign, Mr Sharif is plan­ning to rake up Kash­mir at the UNGA in a big way. Mr Modi is un­likely to go for the UNGA ses­sion this year, leav­ing ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj to rep­re­sent In­dia at the high level seg­ment. Mr Sharif is likely to use this op­por­tu­nity to the fullest. Times of In­dia

Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif

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