MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the issue of Kashmir was an issue of humanity and it had been internationalized now after it was raised at the UN Security Council after 50 years.
“For the first time, the European Union and 58 UN Human Rights Council members stressed upon resolving the unfinished agenda of the partition,” Imran Khan said while addressing the huge public gathering in Muzaffarabad to express solidarity with the besieged people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Former skipper Shahid Khan Afridi, pop singer Fakhir, singer Sahir Ali Bagga, actress Hareem Farooq, actor Humayun Saeed, actor/ producer Jawed Shaikh were also present among others on this occasion.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Haider Khan also addressed the gathering.
The aim of this gathering was to send a message to the world about the continuing siege of Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces.
Warning the Indian prime minister, Imran Khan said Narendra Modi may do whatever he wanted, but he would never succeed as Kashmiris didn’t fear death anymore.
“I am going to the UN General Assembly next week and, Insha Allah, I will not disappoint Kashmiris. I will try to make an unprecedented development regarding resolving the Kashmir dispute,” he said.
He said he wanted to give this message to Narendra Modi that only a coward person could carry such an oppression as was being done by the 0.9 million Indian occupational forces in Kashmir.
The premier said a believer did not fear death. He said the RSS abhorred Muslims for they wanted to take revenge from Muslims for ruling over India for centuries.
The prime minister said no matter how much oppression India carried out in Kashmir, she would not be successful as the fear of death from people of Kashmiris had vanished.
He said Modi was making India into a country which neither Gandhi envisioned nor Nehru. He said when injustice crossed all limits, people preferred death over life. Kashmiris should be able to decide their own fate through referendum, he added.
In a tweet on Sept 11, the premier had said the aim of the gathering was to send a message to the world about the continuing siege of the Occupied Kashmir by Indian occupational forces.
Imran Khan had said the gathering would also show Pakistan’s resolve to stand with Kashmiris in this hour of trial.
Posters and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of besieged Kashmiri people were placed on walls and roads around the city.
The solidarity rally was the part of diplomatic campaign to stir world conscience over the plight of Kashmiris suffering the history’s worst kind of state-terrorism and violence at the hands of Indian forces.