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Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, left, poses with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

NewsGram Staff Writer

United Nations: Expressing his desire that the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) should be strengthened, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again raised the Kashmir plebiscite issue with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, reported Pakistani media.

However, Ban’s spokesman said in a statement that during their meeting “the secretary general stressed on the need for continuation of peace talks between the two neighbouring countries.”

The statement further said that both the leaders discussed “the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” Ban also asked Pakistan “to continue engaging Afghanistan in order to help stabilize the country,” the statement added.

India considers the Kashmir dispute a bilateral issue and is opposed to any international involvement.

However, Sharif in his address at the UN Summit on sustainable development goals, focused only on development and stayed away from bilateral or international issues. He said that “development strategies remain first and foremost national undertakings”.

While most of the speakers stuck to development themes, a few Presidents including Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Nicolas Maduro Moros of Venezuela and Rafael Correa made anti-West statements.

Nawaz will have another opportunity to raise the Kashmir issue at the annual general debate of the General Assembly next week. Traditionally the general debate is a forum where leaders of nations express bilateral and other grievances. Every year Pakistan rakes up the Kashmir issue there.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Nawaz Sharif Denied Assistant, Told to Maintain Jail Room Himself

The prisons chief said Sharif's case was highly sensitive due to which he was not allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison

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Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif appears with his daughter Maryam at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain, July 11, 2018.

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, lodged in the city’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, has been denied an orderly and told to clean his prison room himself.

The Punjab province government on Wednesday said it could not provide a prisoner to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader who could serve as his “orderly” and that he would have to maintain his room on his own, Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday.

Inspector General of Prisons Shahid Saleem Beg said that Sharif was asked to maintain his room to serve the seven-year “rigorous” imprisonment handed down to him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills/Hill Metal Establishment corruption on December 24.

A petition was submitted in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday to register a treason case against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following his controversial remarks on 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sharif denied assistant, told to maintain jail room himself. IANS

The National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s anti-corruption body, while sentencing Sharif had ruled that Al-Azizia Steel Mills — a Saudi Arabian firm carrying the name of his son — belonged to the former Prime Minister, who was unable to demonstrate how the project was funded.

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The three-time Premier was provided with a “B-class” room in the Kot Lakhpat Jail with a TV set, bed, blanket, heater, a chair and table. The prisons chief said Sharif’s case was highly sensitive due to which he was not allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison.

He said Sharif’s “rigour had been kept within his barracks”. However, he later clarified to Dawn that Sharif had not been put to any rigour and that they were sensitive to how Sharif was treated because the country’s reputation was at stake. (IANS)