Sharif asks world leaders to help resolve Kashmir issue

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U.N : Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during the Summit for Refugees and Migrants at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. AP/PTI

U.N : Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during the Summit for Refugees and Migrants at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. AP/PTI

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been meeting world leaders on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session in New York and he has been raising the issue of Kashmir with them.

Sharif raised the issue with leaders of US, UK, Japan and Turkey and sought their intervention to resolve the matter.

“PM Sharif briefed Japanese PM about the grave turn that the situation in occupied Kashmir is taking. Reminded him about UNSC resolutions,” Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi tweeted.

“PM Nawaz Sharif also apprised his Japanese counterpart of the human rights violations being committed by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir,” Lodhi said in another tweet.

Sharif also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and according to Lodhi, both the leaders agreed that the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) on Human Rights should send a fact-finding mission” to Kashmir.

Sharif is set to address the UNGA later today and sources reveal that Kashmir will feature predominantly in his speech.

Pakistan has accused India of carrying out gross human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir where protests had broken out since the killing of Hizbul Mujahidden commander Burhan Wani on July 26. Since then more than 80 people have died in the state.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan during a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in New York . (AP Photo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan during a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in New York . (AP Photo)

On Monday, Sharif held bilateral talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

According to a readout of his meeting with Kerry by the Pakistan mission, Sharif told him that more than 107 people have been “assassinated” in Kashmir, thousands injured and “worst human rights violations are being committed at the state level.”

“I still remember President (Bill) Clinton’s promise that US will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India,” Sharif said, according to the release.

In his meeting with May, Sharif urged her to play her role in convincing India to stop the use of force against the people in the region.

However, Sharif’s repeated calls to the UN to help resolve the Kashmir dispute appeared has so far not gained much traction. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made no reference to Kashmir in his final speech to the UNGA as the UN chief.

At the opening session of the General Debate yesterday, Ban touched upon a cross-section of global issues including the Syrian crisis, the Palestinian issue, the refugee and migrant movements and tension in the Korean Peninsula.

(With inputs from agencies)