India slams Burhan Wani reference in Nawaz Sharif’s UNGA speech

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s comments at the UNGA show Pakistan’s ‘continued attachment to terrorism’, says Vikas Swarup


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Slamming Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for glorifying slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, India said his remarks show Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism”.

“Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN’s highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism,” foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

In his address to the UNGA, Sharif brought up the Kashmir issue and said Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July, has “emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement”.

Sharif also said that he had gone the extra mile to offer “a dialogue to address all outstanding issues but India has posed unacceptable preconditions to engage in a dialogue”.

In response, Swarup in another post on Twitter said, “PM Sharif at #UNGA says India poses unacceptable conditions to dialogue. India’s only condition is an end to terrorism. This not acceptable?”

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