Nawaz Sharif vows to ‘expose abuse of rights’ in Kashmir before UN, appoints 22 special envoys to fight for cause globally
Needling India once again on the Kashmir violence issue, Pakistan today nominated 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to be despatched to world capitals to highlight the problem.
"We will remind the United Nations its long-held promise of self-determination to the Kashmiri people," Sharif said.
Stepping up Pakistan's diplomatic offensive, the prime minister said he has decided to send the parliamentarians for highlighting the Kashmir issue in different parts of the World.
The move by Sharif came against the backdrop of escalating war of words between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the continuing unrest in the Kashmir Valley that broke out on July 8 after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces.
"The Prime Minister urged the special envoys to ensure their efforts for highlighting the Kashmir cause across the world so that he can shake the collective conscience of the international community during his address at the UN this September," Radio Pakistan reported.
"We will also make it clear to India that it was India that approached the UN several decades back on Kashmir dispute but now it is not fulfilling its promise," he added.
Sharif said the Kashmir problem is the most persistent failure of the UN and that the world body must establish its relevance.
Earlier, India had warned Pakistan not to intervene in its internal matters and had also asked it to vacate the illegal occupation of PoK.
On the other hand, Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, today said that dialogue is the only way to find solution of the situation and that Islamabad was ready to discuss the dispute with New Delhi.
He also said that Pakistan made efforts to improve relations with India but ‘it did not move forward’.
Earlier in the day, J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said that Pakistan was repeatedly wasted chances to talk and resolve issues. She also blamed Islamabad for provoking fuelling the unrest in Kashmir.
(With PTI inputs)