Updated: August 26, 2019 7:34:24 pm
Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected the proposal of a third-party mediation over the Kashmir issue during his talks with US President Donald Trump at the sideline of the G7 summit, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said he will go to any extent to rescue “Kashmiri people from Indian atrocities”.
Addressing his country in a televised video, Khan hit out at the Indian government for revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir by modifying Article 370 and said he stands by 80,00,000 Kashmiris.
“PM Modi has made a historic blunder by revoking Kashmir’s autonomy. This decision has been made out of arrogance. The Indian government annexed Kashmir after increasing the troop deployment in the state. They went against Nehru’s promise to the Kashmiris, they went against their own courts, they went against the resolutions passed by the United Nations. Whether the world stands by 80,00,000 Kashmiris or not, it is essential that Pakistan stands by Kashmir,” Khan said.
Khan also talked about the deterioration of Indo-Pak ties in the aftermath of events leading after the Pulwama attack on the CRPF convoy which killed 44 Indian soldiers. “Instead of investigating the cause, reasons or the motivations behind the attack by local Kashmiri youth, the Indian government went ahead with vilifying Pakistan,” he said.
The Pakistan prime minister also targetted the RSS and asserted that the PM Modi-led government is working as per the ‘fascist ideology of the RSS’. “The RSS, which is the ideological inspiration of the Modi-led BJP government, believes that India is a country for the Hindus and treats all other minorities as second-class citizens. This ideology was indeed a reason behind India’s actions in Kashmir,” Khan said.
Khan also appealed to the international community to take cognizance of the Kashmir issue and underlined that the possibility of war between the two nuclear-capable states will pose a threat not just for the region, but for the entire world.
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