Abandon dream of snatching Kashmir


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India on Monday asked Pakistan to give up the dream of snatching Jammu and Kashmir, saying all it had received in response to unprecedented peace overtures were a string of terror strikes and the export of cross-border terrorism.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj delivered a stinging riposte to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UN General Assembly, saying Pakistan should look within at “egregious abuses” in Balochistan instead of leveling baseless allegations against India.

Swaraj’s address marked the latest exchange in a war of words between the two sides, which has heated up since the terror attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri more than a week ago that killed 18 soldiers. Sharif devoted most of his speech to the Kashmir issue and demanded a UN fact-finding mission into alleged rights violations.

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