New Delhi(AP): Pakistan Army stirred controversy on Wednesday by saying that Kashmir was ‘an unfinished agenda of partition.’
Picture posted by Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa on Twitter
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa on Wednesday tweeted quoting the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif as “Pakistan and Kashmir are inseparable.”
According to Bajwa’s tweets, Pakistan Army Chief was speaking at the National Defense University (NDU) in Islamabad.
He reportedly said, “Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of partition, Pakistan and Kashmir are inseparable. While we wish peace, stability in region, we want Kashmir’s Just Resolution in the light of UN resolutions and as per aspirations of Kashmiris to bring lasting peace in region.”
General Raheel Sharif’s comments come a day after Pakistan’s Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz said setting conditions for the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan is “ironical”.
“When India keeps violating ceasefire at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, indulges in worst human rights violations against helpless Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir, and undertakes subversive activities in Pakistan, then asking Pakistan to create an environment free of violence only sounds ironical,” he said.
Indian politicians were dismayed on the comments made by Raheel Sharif.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala found his comments ‘provoking’.
“The statement of Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif is shocking and provoking,” he said.
National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Madhav said, “Such statements will become major impediment in strengthening our bilateral relations.”
Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement on Wednesday in which it said, “Indian description of Gilgit-Baltistan election on 8 June is “as attempt by Pakistan to camouflage its forcible and illegal occupation of region is interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan. It is actually India which is unlawfully occupying the territories of Jammu and Kashmir. India’s position on Kashmir is one of utter disregard to the UN Resolutions, a consistent pattern of forceful occupation denial of the inalienable right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”