Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday entrusted the nation with the government’s strategy regarding India’s Kashmir through a national speech, and promised that Pakistan “will do everything possible” to support the cause of the people oppressed from Kashmir.
The prime minister began his speech by saying that he wanted to share with the public the policy and position of the government in view of the situation in occupied Kashmir, whose special autonomy was revoked by the Indian government earlier this month. He said the time had come for Pakistan’s policy in Kashmir to take a “decisive” turn.
“When my government came to power, my first priority was to generate peace in the country. India and we share many problems: unemployment, inflation and climate change, etc.
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“So we wanted to be friends with everyone […] From the beginning of our mandate, we made many proposals for dialogue. [to India] But there were always some problems. They (India) would look for opportunities to accuse Pakistan of terrorism, “the prime minister said.
“First the elections were approaching, so we hope that this will end, we think that when the elections were over, the situation would be different. Then Pulwama happened; a Kashmir man was immolated.”
“India, instead of introspecting, pointed us out. After the elections, we saw that they did everything possible to bankrupt Pakistan and tried to include Pakistan in the” blacklist “of the FATF (Action Group Financial) “.
“It was then that we decided that we should not have conversations with them because we realized that they had a different agenda,” he added.
The prime minister recalled that on August 5, New Delhi sent additional military troops to Kashmir and announced that it was now part of India. “This was against the vision of its founding fathers and the UN resolutions,” he added.
“The message [India] On August 5 it was said that Hindustan belongs only to Hindus and all the others are second class citizens. ”
He said it was important for the public to understand the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party, which is said to be a parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of India, of which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a member .
“They (RSS) believed that Hindus were supreme and there was a hatred towards Muslims in their ideology. Their leaders followed racist and fascist ideologies.”
“This was the ideology that killed Mahatma Gandhi after independence,” he said, adding that RSS had been sidelined by Indian governments as a terrorist organization in the past.
“This was also the ideology that Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah saw and worked for the creation of Pakistan.
“After [former prime minister Jawaharlal] The death of Nehru, the RSS ideology began to gain ground in India and then destroyed the Babri mosque, massacred Muslims in Gujarat and is responsible for the violence of the Mafia. [on minorities in India]”.
In contrast, he said, Pakistan’s ideology is based on the Holy Quran and believes in the protection of minorities.
Prime Minister Imran said Modi had made a “historical mistake” in revoking the special autonomy of occupied Kashmir due to his arrogance, and in doing so “has opened the way to Kashmir’s freedom.”
“We received information that they were planning a false flag operation in Azad Kashmir, as they did in Balakot, to divert attention from occupied Kashmir.”
“We won at [diplomatic] front; We internationalize the Kashmir problem, we speak with heads of state, their embassies [and] the UN Security Council convened a session on Kashmir for the first time since 1965. We also continue to raise this for international media to inform and resume it. ”
He said the government’s campaign would continue until Kashmir has reached freedom, and requested media support in this regard.
In describing the future government strategy to deal with the situation in occupied Kashmir, the prime minister said: “First, I believe that the entire nation should support the nation of Kashmir. I have said that I will act as an ambassador for Kashmir.”
“I will tell the world about this, I have shared it with the heads of state with whom I have been in contact. I will also raise this issue in my speech at the UN General Assembly.”
“I read in the newspapers that people are disappointed that Muslim countries are not taking any action [over Kashmir]. I want to tell you not to be disappointed; If some Muslim countries are not posing this problem because of their economic interests, they will eventually come from our side. They will have to do it over time.
“Western media have never criticized India as much as they are doing right now. I want to tell the people of Kashmir that if the world is with them or not, Pakistan will.”
The prime minister announced that an event will be held every week to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir and on Friday, the nation will leave between 12 and 12:30 to show solidarity.
“They (India) have played their trump card, they don’t have any cards to play now. Now, whatever we need to do we and the world will do.”
“This is the responsibility of the UN, they promised the people of Kashmir that they would be given the right to decide their future through a plebiscite,” he said, adding that although historically the UN has always sided with the powerful, it should Know that 1.25 billion Muslims in the world “are looking for your help.”
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Prime Minister Imran warned that if the dispute moved toward war, the world should remember that “both countries have nuclear weapons.”
“In a nuclear war, nobody will win. Not only will it wreak havoc in this region, but everyone will face consequences. Now it depends on the international community.”
“Whether the world joins us or not, Pakistan will do everything possible and its people will support [Kashmiris] until his last breath, “concluded the prime minister.
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The prime minister’s speech comes when the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the president of the United States, Donald Trump, met today at the G7 in France.
“We talked last night about Kashmir, prime minister [Modi] He really feels he has it under control, “Trump said while talking to the media. Modi, meanwhile, said all the problems between India and Pakistan are bilateral, and added:” I am sure we can discuss our problems and solve them together. ” .
Since India’s decision to strip the cashmere of their seven-year special autonomy through a hasty presidential order on August 5, the prime minister has repeatedly said that the Indian government’s policy in the Himalayan region is in line with the “ideology” of the Hindu nationalist The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Party (RSS), which is said to be a parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which believes in “Hindu supremacy.”
He also alerted the international community about a possible “false flag operation” by Indian leaders to “divert attention from massive human rights violations” in occupied Kashmir.
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However, the transformation of the restless region into a barricade and barbed wire fortress has not prevented protests and clashes with security forces. Police said Monday that protesters who threw stones killed a truck driver in occupied Kashmir.
At a demonstration on Sunday in the Anantnag district, protesters threw stones at a truck they thought was a military vehicle. The 42-year-old driver was hit in the head and died, police said.
the Press Trust of India The news agency said two men had been arrested for the incident.
India says that no civilians have died because of police action since August 5. But residents have said three people have died, including a young mother who choked after police fired tear gas at her home.
Multiple hospital sources have said AFP At least 100 people were injured during confinement, some with gunshot wounds.