Will follow ‘Tipu Sultan’ if India opts for aggression: PM

Pakistan will never accept Indian annexation of Kashmir: PM

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday warned India over its illegal annexation of Occupied Kashmir and made it clear that Pakistan will raise the issue at every forum. Addressing a the joint parliamentary session convened to discuss the human rights abuses and India’s unilateral scrapping of special status of the occupied valley, the prime minister condemned the Indian move in strong words and said that India’s ruling party is following in the footsteps of the Nazi party in Germany by trying to suppress Kashmiri people’s freedom struggle through force.
I want to make it clear that we will fight this at every forum, Khan asserted adding that his government would travel to the West and apprise them of the abuses taking place in India Occupied Kashmir, said PM Imran. The prime minister said it was the part of the election manifesto of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is following the ideology of Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party.
They (BJP) have a racist ideology. In Kashmir, they have acted according to their ideology, against their constitution, their Supreme Court verdict and United Nations resolutions. The prime minister emphasized that the Kashmir struggle would only intensify after this unjustified move by India. About the Indian threats and statements by some of their leaders over aggression in Azad Kashmir, the PM warned that India should not forget the Pakistan will respond befittingly if India opts for aggression.
We have two examples, before us, that of Bahadur Shah Zafar (last mughal) and Tipu Sultan, our hero is Tipu Sultan and we will follow his example if India opts for aggression, said the premier.
Earlier on the onset of session, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Swati presented the resolution on Kashmir issue, which was opposed by PPP’s Raza Rabbani over non-mention of ‘Article 370 and 35-A’ in it. The resolution was later amended and presented again in the House.
According to session’s agenda, the joint sitting is convened to deliberate upon the strained situation in occupied Kashmir and along the Line of Control as at least 10,000 additional Indian troops were lately deployed in the disputed region. Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan will never accept the Indian efforts to annex the state of Kashmir.
He said the revocation of articles 370 and 35A by Indian government will further intensify the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. He said the Indian step of revocation of Kashmir’s special status contravenes all relevant UN resolutions, India courts’ decisions and the public opinion.
Imran Khan expressed fear that India will now do ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris in order to change the demography of the occupied territory. Imran Khan said the current BJP government in India is a follower of RSS that believes in racist ideology against all the minorities in that country. He said the father of nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had recognized this much earlier and supported the two-nation theory to give the Muslims of India a separate homeland that is free from bigotry and racism.
The Prime Minister warned that if the two nuclear armed neighbors fail to resolve their issues, including Kashmir, a Pulwama like trigger could drag them into a war which would not remain limited to conventional conflict. Imran Khan said after coming to power he sought to improve relations with all the neighbors, including India, as he had a vision to rid the country of poverty.
He said after winning election, he offered India that if it takes one step, Pakistan will respond with two. However, his hand of friendship was not reciprocated by its counterparts in India.
Later, Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted a seven-member special committee to formulate legal, political and diplomatic response on the latest developments in occupied Kashmir. The special committee will closely monitor the situation and developments in Indian-occupied Kashmir and will recommend its proposal to the government.
The Prime Minister has been pleased to constitute, with immediate effect, a seven (07) member team who shall make recommendations to formulate the legal, political, diplomatic response on the latest developments related to Indian occupied Kashmir, read a notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The special team comprised Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Attorney-General of Pakistan, Anwar Mansoor Khan, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and the PM’s special envoy Ahmed Bilal Sufi. DG ISI, DG ISPR and DG Military Operations are also the part of the special committee.

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