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Pakistan PM Imran Khan warns PoK residents against crossing LoC

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 05 Oct 2019

Islamabad: Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Saturday asked people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir not to cross the Line of Control to extend humanitarian aid to the Kashmiri people after India removed the special status of the state on Aug 5.

"I understand the anguish of the Kashmiris in AJK seeing their fellow Kashmiris in IOJK under an inhumane curfew for over 2 months. But any one crossing the LoC from AJK to provide humanitarian aid or support for Kashmiri struggle will play into the hands of the Indian narrative," Khan tweeted.

"A narrative that tries to divert from the indigenous Kashmiris' struggle against brutal Indian Occupation by trying to label it as "Islamic terrorism" being driven by Pakistan. It will give India an excuse to increase violent oppression of Kashmiris in IOJK & attack across LoC" he further said.


Imran Khan at UNGA:


Attacking India and the Narendra Modi-led government on expected lines, Khan during his UNGA address in New York recently slammed the removal of special status of Jammu and Kashmir (read abrogation of Article 370) by New Delhi and continued lockdown in the region while warning of a bloodbath once the curfew is lifted in the troubled spot.


The beleaguered Pakistan Prime Minister fired on all cylinders to internationalise the Kashmir issue and even painted the spectre of a nuclear war.


"If a conventional war starts between the two countries, supposing a country seven times smaller is faced with a choice to surrender or fight to the end," he stated. "When a nuclear country fights till the end it has consequences far beyond the borders," he said.


"And then their agenda became obvious on Aug 5 when they went against all laws (and revoked occupied Kashmir's autonomy). They (India) got an extra 1,80,000 troops there, the total forces are now 9,00,000. They have put eight million people under curfew,"  Khan said in his 45-minute-long address.


"What kind of people bring in 9,00,000 troops for eight million people. These are human beings," Khan asked even as outside the UN building people from Balochistan, Sindh as well as the Muhajirs of Pakistan protested the continued repression and human rights violations by the Islamic nation.


India's reply to Khan:


Countering Imran Khan's speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India said the Pakistan Prime Minister's threat of unleashing nuclear war reflects his brinkmanship and not statesmanship.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement, "Prime Minister Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship. Even coming from the leader of a country that has monopolized the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism, Prime Minister Khan’s justification of terrorism was brazen and incendiary."

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