Hitting out at Islamabad in wake of the terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, where 17 soldiers of the Indian Army were martyred, Shaukat Kashmiri, the chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) on Sunday said that the Pakistan Government is very weak and has no writ, adding in the name of terrorism army operations are being conducted in some selected areas against those who raise their voice for the change of system there. On the Kashmir issue, Kashmiri said that religious motivated extremist groups are funded and supported by Pakistan.
“You can say that for the past 30 years there is a proxy war inside Kashmir and those religious motivated extremist groups are present are funded and supported by Pakistan. They keep doing something or the other. Sometimes they target civilians, army, police and scholars,” Kashmiri told ANI. He also pointed that on one hand, Pakistan talks about fighting a war against terrorism but then they attack the people in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Balochistan.
“On one side they say that they are fighting a war against terrorism and there are few areas in FATA where they are using airstrikes. On the other hand in Balochistan they are using helicopters, guns and long range weapons against the Baloch fighters,” he said. Lambasting Pakistan, he highlighted that the Pakistani representative to the United Nations is glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani at the floor of the UN and presenting him as a great freedom fighter in the floor of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
He pointed out that the purpose of Hurriyat is not to let peace prevail in the region. “See that whenever the civilian government of Pakistan and India agree for peaceful agreement and major confidence building working group is being formed and then such situation is being created and is done in purpose by the Hurriyat. Their agenda is to not let peace take place,” he added.
Kashmiri was of the opinion that peace is being targeted and he fears that India and Pakistan are standing at the doors of war. He, however, quoted Pakistan’s scholars and retired army officials that Pakistan has initiated all the wars against India.
“Pakistan has always carried out adventures be it Kargil. Even if we talk about wars than then Pakistan’s scholars and retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan in his interview said that four wars against India was initiated by them. This is no more a secret. Pakistan’s Nazir Naji, Ajam Sethi, Hamid Mir are finding that how Kashmiris have been fuelled into war,” he added.
He also maintained Taliban and terrorists have infrastructure in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin with its troops are raising the slogans of jihad ‘holy war’ in Muzaffarabad. Every day people are being motivated and the people who do not agree to their opinion are being kidnapped and killed,” he added.