India labelling Kashmiris' struggle as ‘Islamic terrorism’: Imran

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/6/2019 8:00:46 PM

Advises people not to cross LoC

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5(Agencies): In yet another blistering attack on India, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has alleged that Kashmiris' struggle for independence is being labelled as “Islamic terrorism.” He also reiterated that the people of Pakistan and his government would continue to support Kashmiris.
Imran also advised his country's army and people not to cross over into India through Line of Control (LoC) to provide humanitarian aid or any support to Kashmiris as it will be playing into the “narrative of India” that says terrorism is driven by Pakistan.
“I understand the anguish of the Kashmiris seeing their fellow Kashmiris in Jammu and Kashmir reeling under an inhumane curfew for over two months.... Anyone crossing the LoC to provide humanitarian aid or support for Kashmiri struggle will play into the hands of the Indian narrative," Khan said in a tweet. “....it will be labelled as ‘Islamic terrorism’ being driven by Pakistan,” he added.
It may be noted that upon his return from the US last month, Khan had said that those standing by Kashmiris were doing “jihad” and Pakistan will continue to support them even if the world does not.
The PTI chief, who focussed on the Kashmir issue in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, told his party workers that “whether the world is with the Kashmiris or not, we are standing with them.” Khan had raised the Kashmir issue in his address to the UNGA and demanded that India must lift the “inhuman curfew” in Kashmir and release all “political prisoners.”
Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, but New Delhi has repeatedly asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter".
India's decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian ambassador.
The Narendra Modi-led government ended Jammu and Kashmir's special status by abrogating Article 370 of its Constitution on August 5.
While only a handful of countries, including China, Turkey and Malaysia, had supported Pakistan, the international community has largely backed India's position on Kashmir, saying it was New Delhi's internal matter. India has also categorically rejected US President Donald Trump's offer of mediation in Kashmir, saying that ''no third party mediation'' is required.
His message for the Kashmiris on his 67th birthday came as a new admission from the Prime Minister over the fact that Pakistan indeed continues to push terrorists into India, along the LoC. Khan took to Twitter to reiterate his diabolic rhetoric on Kashmir, saying that the “inhumane curfew” has been continuing since more than two months in the Valley.
Pakistani Prime Minister's advisory to his people to not cross over into India has come nearly 10 days after Indian Army chief revealed that terror camps in Balakot are active again, almost seven months after the Indian Air Force destroyed the Jaish-e-Mohammad-run complex run in retaliation for the Pulwama terror attack.
“Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently. That shows that Balakot has been affected. It had been damaged and destroyed. And that is why people have got away from there and now it has been reactivated,” Army chief Bipin Rawat had told reporters on September 24 at the Officers Training Academy.
General Rawat added that close to 500 infiltrators are waiting to infiltrate into India. This is not the first time that the cricketer-turned-prime minister has played a rash shot. His bid to internationalise Kashmir has disastrously failed on all international platforms. Even before he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly last month, he was forced to admit the failure of “Mission Kashmir.”
“To be absolutely frank, I am a bit disappointed by the international community,” adding that the reaction would have been different and more urgent had it been 8 million Europeans who had been put under siege or Jewish people or Americans -- it would have been different if there were just eight Americans.
He lamented, “What options do we have? What do we do?,” he said in a press conference on September 25 Despite being snubbed globally over the Kashmir issue, Khan at the UN General Assembly meeting had yet again warned of dire consequences in the event of a nuclear war with India over the matter. “My belief is we will fight and when a nuclear-armed country fights till the end it will have consequence far beyond the borders. I am warning you. It's not a threat but worry about where are we heading. If this goes wrong you hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” Khan had said.

 

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