Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sherif gives into the pressure from opposition parties who have blamed him for being silent on the issue of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, and expresses shock over the killing in an encounter in Kashmir, and spoke against the oppressive measures and excessive force against civilians in Kashmir. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said that it was “Sharif-Modi friendship” that was causing “irreparable damage” to the Kashmir issue. According to him, “Sharif is jeopardising the Kashmir issue by building his association with the Indian prime minister.”
Sherif has also been attacked by the opposition for remaining silent over the killings of protestors in Kashmir, and hence the late night statement condemning the Indian security forces.
A statement to this effect was released from Sheriff’s office that read – “The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed his deep shock at the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians by the Indian military and paramilitary forces.
Nawaz Sherif further said, “Oppressive measures such as these cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.”
He further said that India should fulfil its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
On the other hand, terrorist mastermind Hafeez Saeed too contributed his opinion in support of Burhan Wani.
Meanwhile, in the valley, the death toll is over 31 and curfew like situation persists. Separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik are in house arrest.
The comments from Pakistan prove its “attachment to terrorism,” India reacted sharply to Nawaz Sherif addressing Wani of Hizbul Mujahideen as Kashmiri leader in a statement issued by Foreign Ministry and said, “Pakistan is advised to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours.”