Nawaz Sharif reiterates stand on Kashmir

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday reiterated his resolve to extend Pakistan's moral, diplomatic and political support to the "indigenous freedom struggle" in Jammu and Kashmir. Sharif made the remarks to Sardar Yaqoob Khan, the outgoing President of the Pakistani side of Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported. The Prime Minister said the world needed to take stock of the latest "brutalities against unarmed innocent Kashmiri people who are heavily sacrificing for attainment of their inalienable right to freedom". Sharif's remarks came a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, openly came out in support of "freedom" for Balochistan and the Kashmir governed by Pakistan. Islamabad termed Modi's Red Fort speech a "diversionary tactic". Foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz said: “The contrast between the Indian Kashmir and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir could not be more stark.”