26 August, 2019
By SJA Jafri
MELBOURNE/ ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that India’s decision to revoke Article 370 would prove to be a historic blunder by the Modi government in occupied Kashmir.
“Time will prove that the Indian government has given an opportunity to the Kashmiri people to get their freedom. They [India] have played their last card,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a televised address to the nation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan would continue to stand with them even if the rest of the world does not.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he would become Kashmir’s ambassador globally. “I will raise the issue with heads of state and international media. I will tell them that this [Modi] is not an ordinary government but one which follows a dangerous ideology.
The Prime Minister said he would raise the Kashmir issue during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27 and meet world leaders in New York.
“If some Muslim countries are not with us today due to economic or other reasons, they will be with us in the future,” said the prime minister.
The prime minister announced that every week there will be a 30-minute event to express solidarity with Kashmiris. The first event will be this Friday from 12:00-12: 30 pm. “The people of Kashmir are looking towards us. We need to tell them that we will stand with them until they get their freedom. Till the UNGA, we will continue to have weekly events for Kashmir.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the onus was on the UN to help the oppressed people of Kashmir. He said until now the UN only stood with the powerful but now the Muslim world was looking towards the international organization and waiting to see if it would stand with them. “I want to tell the UN that the Muslim world is looking towards them to see if they will act.”
The Prime Minister warned that if the situation headed towards war, both Pakistan and India were nuclear nations. “No one will win a nuclear war but its impact will be felt globally.”
The prime minister began his address by stating that it was the policy of his government to have peaceful relations with other countries including India and Afghanistan.
“I told India we would take two steps forward if they took one. Our main issue was Kashmir. But every time we brought up dialogue with India, they diverted from the issue and levelled allegations against Pakistan.”
According to the prime minister, after the Pulwama incident, India blamed Pakistan. He added that Islamabad was waiting for the situation to change in New Delhi after the elections, however, after the elections India tried to blacklist Pakistan in FATF.
“We then decided not to talk to them and realised they were on another agenda. Then on August fifth they annexed Kashmir and decided that it was now a part of Hindustan., They violated the UN resolutions, their own constitution and supreme court decisions.”
The Prime Minister stressed that the real ideology of the BJP was that of the RSS. Elaborating on the RSS ideology, the prime minister said it was centred on hatred for Muslims.
“The founding fathers of the RSS believed in fascist, racist ideologies and killed Mahatma Gandhi after independence. After seeing this ideology Quaid-e-Azam took part in the Pakistan movement.”
He added that it was the RSS ideology which was ruling over India now.
According to the prime minister, the Indian government had planned to commit atrocities against the Kashmiri people to keep them silent and try to carry out a false flag operation to divert attention.
Pakistan, he said, had been successful in internationalising the issue of Kashmir. He spoke on the recently held United Nations Security Council meeting on occupied Kashmir. “No one was willing to speak on this issue but after this meeting, it became an international issue.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan also said that embassies had been informed of plans of an Indian false flag operation. “Our Army is ready and it will be difficult for them [India]to have an operation in Azad Kashmir.”
On the role of the media, the prime minister said the Kashmir issue was now being highlighted globally and for the first time the western media was being critical of India.
He also thanked the Pakistani media for its role in raising the issue. “It is because of you that the international media has understood the RSS ideology. The media has to play its role in the Kashmir movement.”