Nawaz Sharif again: Burhan vibrant, charismatic leader

Says world needs to tell India enough is enough on Kashmir
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday again praised Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, calling him a “vibrant and charismatic leader”.
“His martyrdom has become a rallying point for the freedom loving people,” Sharif told an International Parliamentary Seminar in Islamabad.
Sharif had earlier praised Wani while addressing a joint session of Parliament in October last year, drawing a strong reaction from India which said this shows Pakistan’s “attachment to terrorism.”
He had also praised the militant during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 21, 2016, describing him as a “young leader”.
India had strongly criticised Sharif’s speech at the UN, describing it as an act of “self-incrimination” by Pakistan.
“The oppressors’ efforts to silence that one voice have unleashed a thousand more,” he said at the seminar organised by the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly.
Sharif called for an end to the “continued suffering” of generations in Kashmir.
The world needs to tell India that “enough is enough” with regard to its policy towards the freedom movement in Kashmir.
“Seventy years of brutal repression and Kashmiri struggle in the face of that oppression have shown cries of freedom cannot be stifled by sounds of bullets,” he said.
He said that a promise was made to Kashmir 70 years ago, not only by Pakistan and the United Nations, but also by India to recognise the people’s right to self-determination.
PM Nawaz spoke about the efforts made to highlight the plight of the Kashmiri people at international fora and told the conference that Pakistan would continue to support the struggle of the people in the region.
—Agencies

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