Pakistan, India reach point of no return, overall situation will deteriorate further, Imran Khan addresses rally and AJK Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan officially observed the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ across the nation on Wednesday, the observers arrived to this astringent conclusion that Pakistan and India have reached point of no return and harsh bitterness will further grow. “Exploiting the trust deficit situation, the extremist elements may deteriorate overall scenario further and one can easily realise that such callous circumstances never surfaced in the acrimony history of both the nations”, the observers critically emphasised.

The whole Pakistan turned into a angry mood against India and the people from children to elders were marching holding Pakistani and AJK flags, chanting slogans against Indian Government, forces and particularly the Prime Minister Narindera Modi. “War between the two arch rivals looks imminent in given alarming situation”, the analysts predict.

Tension between both nuclear-armed nations has 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 Imran Khan addressed a huge rally in Mirpur on Thursday and spoke at AJK Assembly said on Wednesday. He said 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 AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad, as Pakistanis were observing Kashmir Solidarity Day.

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the special session of AJK Legislative Assembly at Muzaffarabad. INP

“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 administration and imposed a lockdown.
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. In a very tough and emotional mood, Imran Khan reiterated; “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, 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 which is no good even for India.

He said; “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”.

Imran 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.

Meanwhile, addressing the nation on Wednesday, Imran Khan lambasted India for its what he called “scant regard of basic human norms” in the disputed region. “The unprecedented length of these restrictions has fully exposed the ‘fiction’ of India’s democracy and its scant regard for basic human norms.”

He added that Kashmiris, the Muslim Ummah, Pakistan, and the international community had “rejected India’s travesty of law and justice” whereby eight million Kashmiris had been “turned into prisoners in their own land through the deployment of over 900,000 occupation troops.” Imran Khan said that tens of thousands of innocent people had been “arbitrarily detained and thousands of young boys abducted and incarcerated at undisclosed locations.” “This is a true manifestation of Indian state-terrorism,” he said.

Dr. Arif Alvi

PM Khan was joined by President Arif Alvi who expressed solidarity with the people of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, too. “It has been a battle of hope against overwhelming odds, of courage against fear, and of sacrifice against tyranny; but through all of it, the Kashmiri people have persisted, unrelenting and proud as they have always been, to deny India the perverse gratification of subjugating them,” he said, before adding that New Delhi’s decision had “further strengthened the bond” between Pakistan and the people of the disputed region and Indian leadership should judge it accordingly.
Resolution approved

Earlier on Tuesday, the National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging India to reverse its decision and withdraw troops from the area. The resolution calls on New Delhi to “immediately reverse and rescind its illegal action August 5, 2019, and October 31, 2019,” and withdraw “its occupation troops” from Indian-administered Kashmir and the Line of Control (LOC).

The resolution also asked India to lift a media ban in Kashmir with immediate effect, and allow the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and the international media into the region, “to assess and report the human rights situation there.”

It also requested the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to convene a special summit on Kashmir, and called on the United Nations to enforce a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, which provide for “a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.”