Pak stance on Wani draws flak

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan showing continued attachment to terrorism’….reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s assertion at a joint session of his country’s Parliament that the Kashmir “liberation struggle” has taken a new turn after the “martyrdom” of militant commander Burhan Wani, sources here said that it again showed Pakistan’s continued backing of terrorism.

“It shows Pakistan’s continued attachment to terrorism,” a source within the Indian establishment here said on Wednesday.

Speaking on a motion moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid for discussion on the Kashmir issue and the situation arising out of “ceasefire violations” along the Line of Control on Wednesday, Sharif said Wani’s “martyrdom” was a symbol of “Kashmiri Intifada” and India cannot hold innocent Kashmiris hostage despite grave human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported.

Inviting India to resolve all the outstanding issues through composite dialogue, Sharif said Pakistan was a responsible state, but its desire for peace should not be considered as its weakness, adding: “Our armed forces are capable to thwart any foreign aggression effectively.”

India pulled out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November citing Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism in the region.

New Delhi’s move came after the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers.

The attack came amidst large-scale violence in Jammu and Kashmir that has claimed around 90 lives following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Wani in July.

Terror Boat in Mumbai

A judicial commission set up by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court arrived in Karachi on Thursday to examine a boat used by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists to sail to India to attack Mumbai in 2008.

The commission, comprising Special Prosecutor Misbah-ul-Hasan Qadri and Defence Counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi, is also expected to record the testimony of a witness who is believed to have seen the boat, Al-Fouz, being seized at the Karachi shipyard in 2009, Dawn newspaper reported.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday ordered the panel to travel to Karachi for the investigation because the boat was too large to be brought to the court.

Al-Fouz was allegedly used by the 10 Mumbai attackers to cross into Indian waters and carry out the Mumbai carnage, killing 166 people eight years ago.

The daily, citing sources, said the commission was due to submit its report to the court next week.

The report comes a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed fresh attempts to be made to restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials.

The Prime Minister’s pressure on the country’s military leadership and its spy agencies followed Pakistan’s admission that it was facing global isolation over its failure to curb terrorism and action against terrorists including Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Lashkar’s Haafiz Sayeed.