Kashmir now on global stage: PM

-Says Modi committed fatal mistake by annexing IoK 
-Indian actions made Kashmir an international dispute at UN 
-Asks Kashmiris not to lose hope and courage

By Asghar Ali

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said Indian PM Narendra Modi made a fatal mistake on August 5, last year, by scrapping the special status of occupied Kashmir.
The premier addressed the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly and affirmed that it is his faith that the held Valley will get freedom. He said he had promised to become ambassador of Kashmir and has raised its voice at all international forums.
PM Imran further stated that Modi’s entire election campaign was against Pakistan and propagated Hindutva ideology. The premier said that he explained the whole Kashmir issue to the US President Donald Trump. “Modi promulgated the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology which was inspired by Hitler and Nazis, and praised the massacre of Jews which is the fundamental theory of this organization,” he added.
He said that Indian PM claimed he can conquer Pakistan in just 11 days. “Such statements cannot be given by any normal person but those who are scared”, he added. He asserted that India is executing terrorism and oppressing Kashmiris, and they want to convert the occupied valley into a minority.
PM Imran said that the whole world is watching and India is trapped now. He warned that India can launch a false flag operation to divert the attention of the international community from the Kashmir. He said that it is time to take the issue to a next level, while 600 parliamentarians in the European Union has passed a resolution in this matter. He expressed that he is a democratic person and no matter how bad is democracy, it is the best system prevailing. He added that the West is ahead of us because democracy came there first. PM Imran said that democracy is directly proportional to prosperity and the latter increases as democracy soars. “Prosperous countries have a transparent system and those who had monarchs are left behind in today’s time”, he added.
The premier said that he does not have any personal enmity with anyone but he won’t reconcile with the plunderers as they robbed his home [Pakistan]. He expressed: “The biggest reason for a prosperous state is a society free of corruption and has a transparent system”. He said that China put its 450 ministers in jail so every institution in this world is in deficit, and he also urged people not to be disappointed with current condition of the country.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan reached Muzaffarabd in order to express unwavering and unflinching support to Kashmiri brethren on Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur accompanied the premier as they were warmly received by AJK PM Raja Farooq Haider Khan. PM Imran was presented with a guard of honor by police on his arrival. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s annexation of occupied Kashmir would eventually lead to its independence.
The prime minister was addressing a special session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly as the nation observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Wednesday.
The premier said he believed occupied Kashmir would achieve independence as a result of the action Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken in the region on August 5, 2019.
“If he had not taken that step, we could not have said anything to the world,” the premier said, adding that prior to the events of August 2019, no one was paying attention to Indian atrocities in the valley.
“On that day Modi made a fatal mistake, one that he could not step back from,” the prime minister said.
“Hopefully Kashmir will now move towards independence,” Prime Minister Imran said. “Our job now is to inform the world about what is happening in the valley on all forums,” he added.
“They [India] cannot continue in this manner any longer. They have detained eight million people in an open jail.” The prime minister warned that India’s situation will continue to deteriorate with time.
“In desperation, Modi said that he will defeat Pakistan in 11 days. The head of a country, giving such a statement when both countries in question are nuclear powers, cannot be normal.
“His [Modi’s] only aim is to please his Hindutva base. The last refuge of every scoundrel is patriotism. They hide behind nationalism and then make such claims,” Imran said. “Worried people make such statements, and they are now worried.”
He urged the world to not play into India’s trap, predicting that they will either use terrorism as an excuse or conduct a false-flag operation to inflict more torture on the people of occupied Kashmir.
“They would have proceeded to do so had we not raised the issue in front of the whole world. They have stated that they wish to change the region’s demography, from a Muslim-majority to a Muslim-minority.
“We should not give them any chance. This is a political, and a diplomatic fight as well as in the media. And for the first time since the 60s, international media is presenting Pakistan’s stance,” he added.
Commenting on “Islamic terrorism”, Imran said: “Religion and terrorism are not linked. Since 9/11, Muslims have been persecuted due to Islamic terrorism. Therefore, we have to be very careful about what their game plan is.” Imran acknowledged that the issue “drifted” after it was raised at the UN General Assembly, at a time when it was at its peak, due to the “storm that was headed to Islamabad” – an apparent reference to the Maulana Fazlur Rehman-led sit-ins against the government last year.