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Uri attack could be a reaction to atrocities on Kashmiris: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 September 2016, 12:27 IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on 23 September, said that the attack on the Indian military base in Uri in India occupied Kashmir (IOC) - could be in reaction to Indian atrocities in the disputed Himalayan valley.

Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed by four militants in the IOK's Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) on 18 September.

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Hours after the attack, India blamed a Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) for the attack on Indian soldiers.

On Nawaz Sharif's arrival to London after his UN General Assembly address, TheTribune quoted Nawaz Sharif as saying, "The Uri attack can be the reaction of these atrocities, as the close relatives and near and dear ones of those killed and blinded over the last two months were hurt and outraged."

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Stressing on alleged "brutalities being perpetrated against innocent Kashmiris," the Pakistani Prime Minister said that before accusing Pakistan, India should have looked at its "atrocious role" in Kashmir.

"How could India accuse Pakistan only hours after the Uri incident without holding any inquiry or investigation," Sharif was quoted as saying in Pakistani media reports.

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"The whole world knows about the Indian atrocities in Kashmir where around 108 people have so far been killed, over 150 blinded and thousands injured," he alleged.

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Sharif further said the achievement of lasting peace in the region was impossible without the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

--with agency inputs

First published: 24 September 2016, 12:27 IST
 
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