Imran Khan Leads Protests for Freedom of Kashmir. Warns Modi

Employees of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting showing solidarity with people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 30, 2019. Photo: Pakistan Govt Information Department
Employees of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting showing solidarity with people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 30, 2019. Photo: Pakistan Govt Information Department

Pakistan Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan today led massive protests in Pakistan to demand freedom for the people of Muslim-dominated state of Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan.

Under the banners #KashmirHour and #SaveKashmir, Khan – who has declared himself as the ambassador to campaign for the freedom of Kashmir from the Indian forces – addressed the gathering to show solidarity with people of Indian-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).

In a unilateral move on August 5, the Indian government headed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi had abrogated Article 370 that gave special privileges to the people of J&K.

The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is being viewed as an authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under Indian rule.

Earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres had expressed his concern over reports of restrictions on the Indian side of Kashmir, which – he said – could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region.

Imran Khan said if the world did not stand against the fascist Modi government and its atrocities in Kashmir, this will go beyond Kashmir.

He warned Modi that if India attacked Pakistan-controlled Azad Kashmir, Pakistan will give a befitting response. “Our armed forces are ready, if Azad Kashmir is attacked; we are ready to respond!” he said.

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Imran Khan raised concern that if today the world did not support Kashmiris against this fascist racist government of Modi then the entire world will bear its impact. He said the ideology of Modi’s parent organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is not only fatal for Muslims but for Christians and all those who have moderate mindset living in India.

“The secular ideology of Gandhi and Nehru that all races and religions are equal, is heavily negated by RSS, neither have they accepted it nor they follow it. It was a member of RSS who murdered Gandhi,” Imran Khan said.

He added that he has already raised the Kashmir freedom issue with the heads of the world, including US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Markel, President of France Emmanuel Macron, and leaders from Muslim world.

Imran Khan said his opinion article has been published in The New York Times, which is one of the top newspaper of the US. Through the article, he has shared the situation of Kashmir with the world. The article also speaks about the RSS ideology which has overtaken India.

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