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India's defence experts and politicos condemn Pak Army Chief's Kashmir statement
Addressing the main ceremony to mark the Martyrs' Day at GHQ Rawalpindi on Wednesday, Gen Sharif said Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute and termed it as jugular vein" of Pakistan. This stirred a controversy among Indian leaders amidst elections, and they retorted strongly to Pakistani army chief's comment.

Journalist turned politician MJ Akbar, who has recently joined BJP said, “I request Raheel Sharif to first look into its own ISI activities, who are killing their journalists. Kashmir is a part of India and the future of Kashmir will be taken care by India, and they don't need to comment on this issue.”

He asked them to stop those activities first and then talk about India.

In the same lines Tariq Anwar, NCP leader, said, “Pakistan should not involve into India's personal matters. And who will become the PM of India, will be decided only by Indian citizens, and Pakistan should not involve in it. Pakistan is taking about Kashmir issue since our independence, but they should understand that it is high time to stop talking about the issue of Kashmir.

Rashid Alvi, Congress leader, reacted strongly on Pakistan Army chief comments and said “The chief of Pakistan Army, should not say such things. Kashmir is nowhere related to Pakistan, the people of Kashmir are actively participating in elections and are giving their opinion on it. And Pakistan knows it very well that the people of Kashmir are electing their own government, at their own will. And if Pakistani's feel that Kashmir is their Jugular vein, then they should know that we are competent enough to cut that vein,” as reported by ANI

Defence expert Bharat Verma also condemned Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s statement and said that the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris and in line with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions for lasting peace in the region.

“The statement of Raheel Sharif on Kashmir, saying Kashmir is an international dispute and is a jugular vein of Pakistan, and is a lifeline to it, clearly shows that their are contradictions within Pakistan. Different groups within Pakistan are attacking each other and are also attacking Pakistan Army and the government. So to unite them, and to give them an external focus, Raheel Sharif has brought this topic and has tried to consolidate the different fractions in Pakistan.”

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