Imran Khan to address solidarity rally in Mirpur on Feb 5


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Government has stepped up its efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue and is deeply focussing it to muster the support internally and worldwide both. Big preparations are in progress to organise a ‘huge’ public meeting in Mirpur (AJK) on February 5 (to observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day) to be addressed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, AJK President, Sardar Masood Khan, AJK PM Farooq Haider Khan, opposition leader Sultan Mahmood, other ministers from Pakistan and AJK.

Chief Organiser, PTI-AJK Saifullah Niaz, party President Sultan Mahmood and AJK Government have been given task to make the event unprecedented. Foreign diplomats have reportedly been invited to attend the gathering to show them the sentiments of the public and relevant arrangements are being made to accord them warm welcome on their arrival there.

Imran Khan held separate meetings with Sardar Masood, Sultan Mahmood and Saifullah Niazi at the lawn of PM House in Islamabad on Friday (January 17) and discussed the arrangements. Earlier a day before on Thursday (January 16), he held a high level meeting exclusively on Kashmir issue in which Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was also present and submitted his output on eastern border particularly the LoC situation. He assured that Pak Army is fully ready and alert to deal any odd situation.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan Sunday reminded the international community once again about Pakistan’s concerns over an Indian ‘false’ flag operation. He warned that Pakistan would find it increasingly difficult to remain an inactive observer in the face of Indian military attacks, resulting in deaths of civilians on the Line of Control (LoC).

On his twitter account, the prime minister said, “I want to make clear to India and the international community that if India continues its military attacks killing civilians across LOC, Pakistan will find it increasingly difficult to remain an inactive observer along the LOC.”

Since Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Kuala Lumpur by the end of this month, he said that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, the most experienced and accomplished statesman of the Muslim world, faced exactly the same problems as his government in Pakistan.

In his twitter message, the prime minister said that: “He (Mahathir) is confronted with an entrenched pol (political) mafia that has bankrupted and indebted Malaysia, leaving state institutions devastated.”

Islamabad meeting

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday (January 16) reaffirmed Pakistan’s unshakeable political, diplomatic and moral support and solidarity with the Kashmiri people until the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.

He stated this while chairing a high-level meeting that reviewed all aspects of the situation in Jammu & Kashmir. The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Special Assistant to the PM Dr Moeed Yousaf, Inter Services Intelligence Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hamid, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, and other senior military and civilian officials.

Later an official spokesman summarised the deliberation of the meeting saying that the participants “condemned India’s inhuman lockdown of eight million Kashmiris for over 165 days, grave human rights violations of Kashmiris by over 900,000 Indian occupation forces, and the threat posed to peace and security by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s belligerent rhetoric and aggressive actions on the ground”.