Kashmir can never become part of Pakistan, Sushma tells Nawaz


NEW DELHI: Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must know that “Kashmir can never become a part of Pakistan”.

“Whole India wants to tell Pakistani premier in one voice that his and Pakistan’s dream (of making Kashmir its part) will never come true,” Swaraj said during a press conference aired on Indian media.

The Indian minister also accused Pakistan of backing militants with the help of UN designated terrorists and notorious figures like Hafiz Saeed, in order to turn the valley into a living hell.

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“The Pakistani PM says his prayers are with people of Kashmir. I must remind him that Pakistan has never prayed for the people of the valley but has given them pain in the form of terrorism,” said Swaraj.

She also condemned Nawaz Sharif’s condemnation of separatist commander Burhan Wani’s murder and asked him why he described Wani as a martyr despite knowing that he was a part of the ‘terrorist group’ Hizbul Mujahideen.

Nawaz Sharif, while addressing a public gathering on Friday after his party’s victory in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Pakistan administered part of Kashmir) elections, said: “We are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes Pakistan.”

“Their movement for freedom cannot be stopped and it will be successful. You are aware of how they are being beaten and killed. All our prayers are with them and we are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes Pakistan,” Nawaz had said.

Following the July 1 killing of Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old separatist commander known for his call to arms on social media against Indian rule, Nawaz had condemned the killing and oppressive measures adopted by Indian forces against those protesting against the killing.

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