NEW YORK - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday launched an extensive effort to bring home to the world leaders atrocities being perpetuated by the occupying Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir and specifically asked the US to mediate on the contentious issues between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The atmosphere in South Asia is highly agitated, primarily because of Kashmir situation, and there are fears that the situation could even escalate into an open war between the two nuclear neighbours.

“I expect US Administration and you (US Secretary of State John Kerry) to use your good offices to help in resolving bilateral issues between Pakistan and India,” Prime Minister Sharif said to Kerry during a bilateral meeting at Hotel Waldorf Astoria.

He told the US Secretary that he had always reached out to neighbouring countries for regional peace, stability and prosperity.

“I still remember President Clinton’s promise that US will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India,” he reminded Kerry of the old promise.

The PM told him that more than 107 people have been killed in cold blood in Occupied Kashmir and thousands injured – many of them losing eyesight fully are partially because of Indian troops’ using pellet guns against the unarmed protesters.

Prime Minister Sharif is in New York to attend 71st UN General Assembly session. Yesterday he also held important bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saudi at the United Nations’ Headquarters.

The prime minister told all these world leaders about the India’s traditional act of blaming Pakistan for anything that goes wrong on its own territory or in Occupied Kashmir, quoting the recent incident across the Line of Control in which 15 Indian soldiers were killed.

The Premier has also written letters to the five permanent members of the Security Council - China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – emphasising extremely negative implications of the dire situation in the Held Valley on regional as well as international peace and security.

In the letters, he urged the world powers to exert pressure on Indian government to immediately cease the bloodshed in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), where the innocent people are living under consistent curfew for nearly two months in the latest episode of oppression.

The PM in his letters asked the P5 to stand out to their responsibility with regard to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which is one of the oldest internationally recognised unresolved disputes on the agenda of the UN Security Council.

Highlighting the grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian laws in the IOK, the prime minister urged them to call upon the Indian government to immediately end the state oppression in Kashmir and honour its human rights obligations as well as its commitments to the Kashmiri people.

In his meeting with Secretary John Kerry, PM Sharif also apprised him about Pakistan’s achievements in counter-terrorism, telling him that Zarb-e-Azb military operation has broken the back of terrorists.

Secretary Kerry appreciated the efforts of Pakistan’s armed forces, security institutions and police in rooting out terrorism and extremism. He also lauded Sharif government for the economic turnaround in the country.

The Premier recalled his constructive meetings with US President Barrak Obama during the last three years which, he said, manifested that strong relations between Pakistan and US remained a mutual desire and this partnership was critical to ensure regional peace and stability.

Discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the PM expressed satisfaction over a lot of hard work that has been done under the QCG process and urged for meaningful engagement with Afghanistan.

Secretary Kerry said Pakistan and Afghanistan have mutual interests in peace and security.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry were also present to assist the PM.

In his meeting with Prime Minister John Key, the Premier particularly highlighted investment potential in agriculture, dairy and livestock. Pakistan can benefit from New Zealand’s expertise in dairy farming and halal meat export, he noted.

He expressed deep appreciation for New Zealand’s principled position on inclusion of new members in the NSG, saying that Pakistan’s strong credentials in non-proliferation and nuclear safety and security should be considered for NSG membership.