South Asia

Sharif seeks plebiscite on Kashmir

In a speech that is bound to raise a strong reaction from India, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke at length about the Kashmir issue during his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

Calling on the U.N. to implement a “plebiscite” on Kashmir, Mr. Sharif said Pakistan could not “draw away” from the Kashmir dispute until it was resolved. He referred to what he called “the suffering of people, especially women” in the State.

Mr. Sharif’s remarks mirror statements made by Pakistan more than a decade ago, and leaves little ambiguity that the talks process between India and Pakistan is stalled for the moment.

In a brief interaction with The Hindu shortly after his speech, Mr. Sharif denied that he had taken a tougher position on Kashmir than in the past. He had no knowledge of whether there would be direct talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the near future or at the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu.

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