NEW YORK: Hitting back at Pakistan after it raised Kashmir issue at the UN, India today said de-militarising Kashmir is not the answer for achieving peace but "deterrorising" Pakistan is.
"To de-militarise Kashmir is not the answer, to de-terrorise Pakistan is," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up Kashmir issue in his address at UN General Assembly.
Using the podium of the UN, Sharif raised Kashmir issue, terming its non-resolution as a failure of the world body, and proposed a 4-point "peace initiative" with India which includes demilitarisation of Kashmir.
On Sharif describing Pakistan as the "primary victim" of terrorism, Swarup said, "Pakistan is not primary victim of terrorism but of its own policies. It is in fact the prime sponsor of terrorism."
Swarup further tweeted that Pakistan's "instability arises from its breeding of terrorists. Blaming neighbours is not a solution."
Reacting to Sharif's remarks that "Palestinians and Kashmiris (are) oppressed by foreign occupation", Swarup said the "Pak PM gets foreign occupation right, occupier wrong. We urge early vacation of Pak occupied Kashmir."
Sharif had equated Kashmir with Palestine while talking about "suffering of Muslims across the world", saying "Palestinians and Kashmiris (are) oppressed by foreign occupation."
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