India, Pakistan Trade Barbs Over Modi's I-Day Speech

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol during curfew in Srinagar

India, Pakistan Trade Barbs Over Modi's I-Day Speech

After getting the support from its neighbour Bangladesh, India is said to have got the backing on Afghanistan, too on it views about human rights situation in the restive Pakistan province of Balochistan. Neither is the case and the United Nations needs to recognise that to maintain any moral credibility.

Pakistan has repeatedly brought up Kashmir in the last few weeks in the attempt to internationalise the issue, as India struggles to restore normalcy to the valley following protests over the killing of Hizb leader Burhan Wani. On Kashmir, the former president expressed his confidence about India's ability to handle the current cycle of violence, saying that New Delhi has and will be cautious in the use of force.

"Boosting trust among Kashmiris, whether they belong to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or India-occupied Kashmir, is possible only through dialogue", he said.

He appealed to the Centre to put an immediate end to the "bloodshed and atrocities" and said "whatever is happening in Kashmir is badly impacting the image of India and question marks are being put on the Indian claims of democracy".

India, in laying out these conditions, said the ball was in Pakistan's court now and it was yet to hear back from Pakistan.

India has made statements about the situation in Baluchistan in the past as well. They had made an offer, we have responded to the offer.

"In Balochistan, there is extreme suffering at the hands of extremists promoted by state structures in Pakistan", he added. "He said that his visit should provide the opportunity to receive a briefing from Pakistan's Foreign Secretary on progress in this regard", Swarup said.

Moreover, Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan wanted prevalence of lasting peace in Afghanistan.

He had said that the interference began with the government of Pakistan sending armed raiders into J&K in 1947 and again in 1965.

"As far as the next course of action is concerned, the Prime Minister also gave us certain instructions in the all-party meet". When innocent people are killed in terrorist attacks, there are celebrations.

Zakaria said Prime Minister Sharif will lead the official delegation at the General Assembly session.

After examining India's reply, Pakistan stuck to its agenda as well as its offer of talks.

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