India-Pakistan showdown in UNGA as Sharif shouts Kashmir while India raises Uri
NEW DELHI: While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in New York to raise Pakistan's Kashmir agenda at the 71st United Nations General Assembly, India is getting prepped to raise the deadly Uri attack in the same platform.
According to sources, India will raise the matter in the UN General Assembly and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will strongly emphasize on Pakistan’s involvement in her speech on 26th.
On Pakistan's front, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told reporters that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would go through a tight schedule including addressing the 193-member Assembly on September 21 and meeting at least ten world leaders among other activities.
He said the Pakistan Prime Minister would specifically focus on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir particularly the "continuing grave violations of human rights" taking place there.
The Foreign Secretary said the Prime Minister would call on the international community and the United Nations to live up to their promise of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Sources also state that no decision has been taken as yet on the Prime Minister’s participation at the SAARC summit meet in Islamabad.
Following the terror strike on the Army base in Uri where 17 CRPF jawans were killed, India lashed out at Pakistan holding it responsible for the attack.
Branding Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and stating that it should be identified and isolated as such, Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday said there are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.
“I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups,” he said in a series of tweets.
Meanwhile, condemning the terror attack as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the nation that those behind the ‘despicable’ attack will not go unpunished.
Hinting at the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s role behind the Uri attack, India’s Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh also asserted that the evil designs would get a befitting reply.
However, Pakistan has flatly refused New Delhi's claims of Islamabad's involvement in Uri terror attack, stating that said that pointing fingers on them has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack.
"Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack," the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying.
"In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan," he asserted.
At least 17 soldiers lost their lives and 19 others injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district.
All four terrorists have been killed in what has emerged as worse than the attack on the Pathankot air base earlier in January this year, in which seven army men were killed.