Islamabad, Oct 2, 2016: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was asked by the US and the UK to condemn the attack on the Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir but he flatly refused to denounce the assault.
According to media, both the world powers asked Sharif to condemn the attack that resulted in death 19 soldiers during the premier’s meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Sharif instead countered the two leaders over their silence regarding the unrest in the Kashmir Valley since July 9, which has claimed the lives of nearly 90 persons, according to sources.
The sources said Sharif maintained that Islamabad could not condemn the attack, which India has blamed on Pakistan-based JeM militant group, and the death of the security personnel when “India had no regret over its atrocities and brutalities” in the valley.
Sharif said that the world, including London and Washington, had turned a blind eye to the killing of Kashmiris in clashes with the security forces after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in July.
Pakistan rejected the Indian allegations of Islamabad’s involvement in the Uri attack.
However, Pakistan offered full cooperation to investigate the matter as it believed that the Uri attack was an operation carried out to malign divert the world attention from Kashmir.
“With such a clear stance on Kashmir, expecting from the Pakistani premier to condemn the Uri attack and killing of Indian soldiers is really unfair and irrational,” another source said.