Tensions within Kashmir, a disputed territory between Indian and Pakistan, have recently been on the rise. Indian Foreign Minister Shusma Swaraj reacted strongly to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent comments regarding the region and claimed that Pakistan never wished well for the disputed territory but only terrorism. She was speaking on Saturday. She said,
Pakistan’s Prime Minister [Nawaz Sharif] says that his good wishes are with the people of Kashmir. Sadly, it’s not Pakistan’s good wishes or moral or diplomatic support but its weapons and terrorism that it has exported to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Swaraj’s comments were in reaction to Nawaz Sharif saying that Pakistan was waiting for the day when Jammu and Kashmir would become a part of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif was speaking in his first public address to the nation upon his return home from London after a heart surgery. During the talk he urged Kashmiris in Pakistan, “not to forget those in [Indian] held Kashmir who are sacrificing their lives to their movement for freedom.” He said,
Their movement for freedom cannot be stopped and it will be successful. You are aware of how they are being beaten and killed. All our prayers are with them and we are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes Pakistan.
Pakistan has shown immense displeasure with Indian killing of Burhan Wani, after which several protests erupted throughout J&K. 45 people died as a result of those clashes, while hundreds were injured. Indian forces used pellets to blind several locals in the region. According to Swaraj, Pakistan’s dangerous terrorists and duplicitous state institutions sought to destabilize the region and that Pakistan’s unabashed embrace and encouragement to terrorism lay its delusional though dangerous dream that Kashmir would one day become Pakistan,
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The whole of India would like to tell Prime Minister of Pakistan that this dream will not be realized even at the end of eternity. The whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India. You will never be able to make this heaven on earth a haven for terrorists.