Nawaz stresses on UN for settlement of Kashmir issue

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif demanded the comity of nations for implementation of Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination, media reported Saturday.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, he invited his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh for the beginning of new era of relationship.

Underlining the need for resolution of Kashmir issue that stands unresolved still today despite the lapse of seven decades, he demanded the Kashmir issue be tackled in line with the UN resolutions.

Pakistan does not want to get into arms race; but, the acquisition of civil nuclear technology is its right, the PM Sharif asserted.

Linking terrorism, he noted, to certain religion is unfair and unwise, as terrorism claimed lives of at least 40,000 Pakistanis within 12 years, adding the US missile strikes inside Pakistan should be halted forthwith.

The Prime Minister also emphasized on the stability in Afghanistan, the cessation of hostilities in Syria and making of independent Palestinian state.

Mentioning strong and independent judiciary in Pakistan, the PM Sharif stressed that Pakistan wants trade with the world, not aid.