Modi’s annexation of Kashmir was a 'fatal mistake' — PM Khan

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan being accorded guard of honor upon arrival at Muzaffarabad AJK on Feb. 5, 2020. (PID)
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Updated 06 February 2020

Modi’s annexation of Kashmir was a 'fatal mistake' — PM Khan

  • Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed by Pakistanis on Feb. 5
  • Tensions between Pakistan and India are high over Kashmir, as each rules part of the disputed region, but claims it in full

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that India’s annexation of Kashmir was a ‘fatal mistake’ by Narendra Modi’s government, which would eventually lead to the disputed territory’s independence.
“Kashmir will now go toward independence,” Khan said during a special session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad, as Pakistanis are observing Kashmir Solidarity Day, which falls on Feb. 5.
“Modi has made a fatal mistake by revoking special status of the occupied Kashmir,” the prime minister said, adding that the Indian government has detained 8 million Kashmiris in an open prison.
Islamabad has been trying to internationalize the Kashmir issue after New Delhi revoked on Aug. 5 the autonomy of the part of the territory that falls under its control and imposed a lockdown and a communications blackout to prevent protests in the Muslim-majority region.
Tensions between Pakistan and India – both nuclear-armed nations – have been running high over Kashmir, as each rules part of the disputed Himalayan territory, but claims it in full. They have also fought two full-fledged wars in the territorial dispute.
Prime Minister Khan told the AJK assembly that he was trying his best to highlight the matter at all global forums, including the UN General Assembly, and during talks with international leaders.
“We have effectively exposed the Nazi and Hitler inspired ideology of RSS which poses a threat not only to Pakistan but entire India,” he said, referring to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist and paramilitary organization, which according to the Pakistani premier inspires PM Modi’s actions against the Kashmiris and India’s Muslim minority.
“Modi cannot put the genie of Hindu nationalism back into the bottle and if he moves ahead with his policies, he will have to face severe resistance,” Khan said, adding that Modi’s policies would affect not only Muslims, but also other minorities in India, including Sikhs and Christians.
International media, EU parliamentarians and numerous US lawmakers have expressed concerns over the blackout and lockdown in the Indian-administered Kashmir. They have also urged India to restore normalcy in the region and let its people voice their concerns about the revocation of autonomy.
Khan said that Pakistani leadership will continue to highlight the Kashmir issue internationally and raise awareness about Indian violations against Muslims in the region.
“We are succeeding in our efforts to bring Kashmir issue under international focus,” he added.


Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

Updated 10 August 2020

Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

  • Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • The two leaders discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral defense relations 

ISLAMABAD: Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, called on Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and discussed the security situation in the region, the military’s media wing said. 
“Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral defense relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies. Saudi Arabia remains the main source of Pakistan’s remittances despite global business shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has also loaned Pakistan billions of dollars in recent months to help stave off a balance of payments crisis, and offered oil on deferred payments.