Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab region Shahbaz Sharif labeled the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan as a “big mistake”.
Shahbaz said that the Shimla Pact to a certain degree hurts the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle.
“The Simla agreement was a big mistake [on the part of Islamabad] as it dampened the spirit of the Kashmiris fighting for their freedom and hurt their movement though it never stopped in Kashmir,”Sharif narrated to a conference on Kashmir yesterday.
The Agreement led to the release of almost 90,000 Pakistani soldiers kept in prison by India over the 1971 war fought between India and Pak.
Sharif criticized Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Indira Gandhi for signing the pact. Zulfikar was then the chairman of Pakistan People’s Party and President of Pakistan.
PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reacted on Shahbaz’s remarks.
He said: “Someone should teach the CM Punjab what foreign policy is. He can’t possibly think mimicking SZAB [Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto] makes him a statesman.”
The Shimla Agreement or Simla Agreement was signed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan on 2nd July 1972 was much more than a peace treaty seeking to reverse the consequences of the 1971 war.