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Nawaz Sharif consults Pakistan Army Chief over Kashmir

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Islamabad: Ahead of his address at the UN General Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a telephone talk with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on the tensions with India over Jammu and Kashmir.

“The Prime Minister and General Raheel Sharif had a telephonic conversation in which they discussed … the prevailing regional situation,” a PM Office spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister and the Army Chief are believed to have discussed proposals that the former intends to make during his speech for de-escalating the situation and moving to a dialogue on the Kashmir dispute.

At the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Sharif is likely to focus on the Kashmir issue and Pakistan’s tense relations with India.

This was the first conversation between the two on Tuesday night since Sunday’s Uri military camp attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed, which India has blamed on terrorists from Pakistan.

The talk comes as Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry raised his country’s concerns over the situation in Jammu & Kashmir with EU Secretary General for External Affairs Helga Schmid. The two met on the sidelines of the 71st UNGA session in New York.

The development also comes as two US lawmakers moved a bill in Congress seeking designation of Pakistan as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ on Wednesday.

–IANS

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