India’s Kashmir move is a ‘historic blunder’ – PM Khan

A man watches television as Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to the nation on disputed Kashmir issues, at an electronic market in Karachi on Aug. 26, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 27 August 2019

India’s Kashmir move is a ‘historic blunder’ – PM Khan

  • Says New Delhi has proved India is only for Hindus and members of other religious minorities can only be its second class citizens
  • Changing his initial stance, US President Donald Trump says he does not need to mediate between the two South Asian nuclear states

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had made a “historic blunder” by trying to integrate the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the Indian union, adding that the Indian leader’s “hubris” would ultimately lead to Kashmir’s independence.
In a televised address to the nation, Khan argued it was the responsibility of the United Nations to protect the people of Kashmir who were living in a security lockdown since August 5 when the Indian administration revoked the autonomy of the divided Himalayan region and cut off its residents from the rest of the world by imposing a near-total communications blackout.
The Pakistani prime minister said New Delhi’s recent Kashmir move had proved that India was only for Hindus and members of other minority religious communities could only be its second class citizens.
Reminiscing the beginning of his term in office, Khan said his administration wanted to normalize relations with Pakistan’s neighbors for greater economic prosperity. “We made several overtures to India,” he noted, “but they were always looking to accuse Pakistan of terrorism.”
Since Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was using an “anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim” election narrative, his government decided to wait for the end of the polls in the neighboring country, thinking the situation would improve after that.
“However, we saw that India was lobbying with other international actors, trying to bankrupt Pakistan by getting it blacklisted at the Financial Action Taskforce,” he continued. “We realized at that time it was futile to talk to its government since it was pursuing a different agenda.”
Khan said that Pakistan had met diplomatic success on the Kashmir issue since it had now been internationalized. He asked the people not to get “disappointed” by the reaction of some Muslim countries who were still not siding with Islamabad over the issue.
“If some countries are not taking up this issue due to their economic interests today, they will sooner or later support our position,” he said.
The prime minister repeated his administration’s claims about India’s intention of carrying out “false-flag operations” to divert attention from the ongoing situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and undertake strikes in Azad Kashmir. However, he added that Pakistani security forces were prepared to respond to any Indian aggression.
Khan’s made his speech hours after United States President Donald Trump met Indian Prime Minister Modi in France, saying he did not need to help mediate between the two South Asian nuclear neighbors since the Indian leader had assured him things were perfectly under control.
In his televised broadcast, however, Khan said he would travel around the world and tell everyone what was happening in Kashmir.
Calling himself the ambassador of the people of Kashmir, he said he would also forcefully raise the issue at the United Nations in his speech on August 27.
“I want to tell Kashmiri people that whether anyone stand with them in the world or not, Pakistan will always support them,” he added.


PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

Updated 23 October 2019

PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

  • Maryam went to the medical facility to see her father whose platelet count dropped to a drastically low level
  • The party’s information secretary in Punjab claims Maryam undergoing medical checkup herself

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Maryam Sharif, was admitted to the Services Hospital after she met her ailing father at the same medical facility on Wednesday, confirmed Uzma Bokhari, PML-N’s information secretary in Punjab, while talking to Arab News.
“Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s condition is not well and she is undergoing a medical checkup,” Bokhari said. “She will stay at the hospital tonight.”
Maryam had gone to the medical facility to see her father who was shifted there on Monday on the request of his physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, after his platelet count dropped to an alarmingly low level.
Soon after he was shifted to the medical facility, Nawaz Sharif’s blood test was done to see if he was suffering from dengue, but the report was clear.
While his condition was said to have improved after transfusion of platelets, doctors could not diagnose the reason behind the problem.
His daughter, Maryam, was allowed to see her father at the hospital on Wednesday after her party sought special permission for that purpose from the Punjab Home Department.
While the local media initially claimed she was allowed to stay with Sharif for an hour, there was much speculation about the health of the country’s former prime minister after it turned out that she was going to stay at the medical facility for the night.
Reports also indicate that the hospital authorities have summoned specialists from Karachi and Islamabad to examine Nawaz Sharif and diagnose his medical condition.