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US lawmaker slams Sharif for praising terrorist Wani in his UN address

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Published: 08:46 GMT, Sep 29, 2016 |
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Pakistan's PM Sharif addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York

An influential American lawmaker, Congressman Ted Poe has slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for using the UN platform to praise a “militant”. “Disappointed to see the Pakistan PM use the UN to praise a militant group that uses violence to promote its cause.”

In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 21, Sharif described Hizbul commander Burhan Wani a “young leader”.

Poe is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation, and Trade last week introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to designate Pakistan as a State sponsor of terrorism. Co-sponsored by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the bill has been sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for necessary action.