PM Imran Khan warns of ‘bloodbath’ in Kashmir, remained silent over Palestine

United Nations: Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in his 45 minutes speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York raised four issues Kashmir, climate change, Money laundering and Islamophobia but he did not utter a single word about Palestine. Kashmir was dominated in his speech, PM Khan threatened that if the world not paid attention to India’s actions in Kashmir  then it may lead to a bloodbath in Kashmir.

“Once the curfew is lifted, Kashmiris will be out in the streets. And what will the 900,000 soldiers do? They will shoot them,” questioned the prime minister.

In his more than 45-minute-long speech he harshly criticized India for its annexation of occupied Kashmir and the continued restrictions imposed in the region. He said he would not have come to the UN if he did not feel that some “urgent issues” needed to be addressed. The issue which the prime minister talked in most detail about was the oppression of the people of occupied Kashmir. “When we came to power, we swore that we would try to bring peace. “We went to fight the war on terror and we faced losses of [thousands of people].

PM khan said “I opposed the war because in the 1980s we joined the struggle against the Soviets funded by western countries. “The mujahideen were trained by the Pakistan Army and they waged the freedom struggle. The Soviets called them terrorists and we called them freedom fighters. “In 1989 soviets retreated; the Americans packed up and left. Here we had indoctrinated them in jihad against foreign occupation and now that the US had taken over, we were supposed to tell them it’s no longer jihad.

“And so the US turned against us and it was a nightmare.

“Taliban were in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda was there; what did Pakistan have to do with it? “When we came to power we decided we would dismantle what was left. I know India keeps alleging that these groups are there. “I welcome UN observers, see for yourself.

“We now have a relationship with Afghanistan, Russia and then we wanted to mend fences with India. “I have friends in India and I love going to India. So when my party came to power, we reached out to India and (said) let’s resolve differences through trade.

“(Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi said there were terrorist attacks from Pakistan. We said well we have attacks in Balochistan from your end. “Unfortunately we didn’t make any headway. Our foreign minister was at the UNGA but they cancelled the meeting. “Meanwhile a 20-year-old Kashmiri boy blew himself up at the Indian convoy. And India blamed us.

“I spoke to the Indian public on television. I said if you give us any iota of proof, we will immediately take action, because we have clamped down on these groups. They bombed us (instead), and we retaliated.

The prime minister pointed out that Modi’s entire election campaign revolved around an anti-Pakistan narrative. “In his election campaign, Mr Modi used words like ‘This is just a trailer. The movie is about to start’ and ‘I went into Pakistan and taught them a lesson’.” He said that at the time, Pakistan chalked it up to just “politicians making statements” and that they would get back to the normal relationship with India post-elections.

The premier said that India did not respond to Pakistan’s overtures following Modi’s re-election as prime minister and soon it was discovered that India was trying to push Pakistan into the blacklist of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to bankrupt the country.

“That’s when we realized that there was an agenda and that agenda became obvious on the 5th of August when India went against 11 United Nations Security Council resolutions which say that Kashmir is a disputed territory and the people of Kashmir have the right of self-determination,” he said.

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