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CMYKthursday, 15 August, 2019 I 13 Zil Hajj, 1440 I Rs 20.00 I Vol X no 45 I 16 Pages I Lahore editioneye for An eye gImRAn wARns IndIA of ‘seRIous consequences’…
CMYKthursday, 15 August, 2019 I 13 Zil Hajj, 1440 I Rs 20.00 I Vol X no 45 I 16 Pages I Lahore editioneye for An eye gImRAn wARns IndIA of ‘seRIous consequences’ If AJK Is AttAcKedModi has committed a strategic blunder and played his last card over IOK, which will cost him heavilyISLAMABADAstaff reports Pakistan is set to observe Black Day on August 15 [India’s Independence Day] to protest against Indian atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned of stronger response from Pakistan in case of any misadventure by India from across the Line of Control (LoC). He said that wars were no solution to the issues, but in case it was imposed upon Pakistan, it would evoke a stronger response entailing serious consequences. The whole nation and its armed forces are ready to respond to any Indian aggression or miscalculation, he added. The prime minister was addressing a special session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on Wednesday wherein he endorsing the statement of AJK Prime Minister Farooq Haider. He said that the ideology of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) applied through Rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (Rss) would not merely end over IOK rather it could head towards Pakistan. He said that Pakistan had information that India planned to intrude into the AJK but “our armed forces are fully vigilant and battle hardenedto response to any miscalculation in a befitting manner”. PM Imran said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had more dangerous plans in order to divert the world’s attention from the grave situation in IOK. He said that the Pakistan armed forces were battle hardened and had given huge sacrifices in the long war on terror. “The whole nation is ready to face any challenge. We are ready to face all the challenges and will go to the last extent to defend ourselves, and will not bow before any threat,” he added. The prime minister said that in case of any aggression, the Muslims ought to respond with full might as they had no fear from death as manifested in the history in which they had defeated bigger enemies. He said that said that the Indian premier had committed a strategic blunder and played his last card over IOK which would cost him heavily. The Kashmir issue was being internationalised, he said, adding he had raised the issue with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and United states President Donald Trump. The world has now realised the dangers posed by the Rss ideology and the unilateral moves by India in the IOK, he added. He assured the AJK politicalleadership and assembly that he took it as his responsibility to fight the case of Kashmir at all the world fora and would continue raising voice across the globe as its ambassador. senate Chairman sadiq sanjrani, National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam swati, Leader of House in the senate shibli Faraz, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, Kashmir Committee Chairman syed Fakhar Imam, special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and special Assistant on Political Affairs Naeem ul Haq were present in the session. The prime minister said that he had tried to expose the real face of BJP through his tweets. The ideology imposed by its armed wing Rss posed very grave threat to the world and the region, and Modi had been its [Rss] member since his childhood, he added. The Rss ideology, which was inspired from Hitler’s Nazi party, considered Hindu race as supreme to all other minorities, the prime minister said, adding that the Rss was out to take revenge from the Indian Muslims, besides targeting Christians, sikhs and other minorities in India.Army fully preparedCONTINUED ON PAGE 03STORY ON PAGE 03CMYKggen bajwa says ‘there Can never be a COmprOmIse On KashmIr’STORY ON PAGE 03 more insideRussia calls for Indo-Pak talks to resolve Kashmir issue STORY ON BACK PAGEOIC urges world to take notice of IOK issueCMYK Thursday, 15 August, 201902 NEWSGovt, opp on same paGe over Kashmir as solidarity messaGes pour in ISLAMABADaSTAFF REPORTS the nation observed the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday, solidarity messages from government and opposition leaders called attention to the plight of people in Kashmir in the face of recent actions by India. A day earlier, Pakistan asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to summon a session on the deterioratingsituation in occupied Kashmir, after India revoked its special status through a rushed presidential decree on August 5. In his message, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal BhuttoZardari said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Kashmiri brothers & sisters in their struggle to exercise their right to self-determination.” National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif said that “[the] current situation in occupied Kashmir required the attention of world leaders andmore importantly, it reminded Pakistani leaders of the true meaning of compassion”. “If not now when?” he asked. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in his Independence Day message, espoused the vision of founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah as he advocated the “right to self-determination” for Kashmiris. In a series of tweets, he said: “We stand united with the people of Kashmir and their right to self-determination.” “Pakistan has again reminded the UNSC of this inalienable right that istheir duty to protect, in a letter delivered to their President calling for an emergency session on Kashmir,” Qureshi added. While talking to media, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that “without the independence of Kashmir, the independence of Pakistan was incomplete”. “The whole nation is standing in solidarity with Kashmir,” Awan said, adding: “Kashmir could not become a part ofIndia”. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stalwart Asad Umar hoped that “one day Kashmiris will also see the blessing of independence”. Earlier in the day, President Arif Alvi, while addressing a flag hoisting ceremony at the convention centre in Islamabad, has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to stand with its Kashmiri brethren in their just right to self-determination. He said: “We are for Kashmiris and they are for us”.Lodhi presents Qureshi’s letter to UNSC president urging meeting on IOK UNITED NATIONS APPPakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Wednesday presented a letter from Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to the Security Council president asking for an urgent meeting on the grim situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Ambassador Lodhi presented the letter to UNSC President Joanna Wronecka. The president will now hold consultations with the member states and fix a date for the meeting. Meanwhile, Ambassador Lodhi began meeting the council members again to update them on the situation in occupied Kashmir. In anotherdevelopment, Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, who is also in New York, said he hopes India and Pakistan can work out a “mutually beneficially solution” after New Delhi revoked the special status of occupied Kashmir. Czaputowicz was in New York to address a Security Council briefing Tuesday on ”International humanitarian law – Seventieth anniversary of the Geneva Conventions: upholding humanity in modern conflict.” Later, Czaputowicz addressed reporters at the UN Security Council stakeout where he was asked that Pakistan has demanded the Security Council be briefed on the situation in occupied Kashmir following India’s decision toscrap its special status and whether Poland supports such a request as the council president. Czaputowicz said he has had a “phone conversation” with India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the last few days. “We expressed concerns over current tensions between India and Pakistan resulting from the proposed changed status of Jammu and Kashmir. “Poland believes that the dispute can only be resolved by peaceful means and here we fully support the reaction of the European Union and statement issued by Federica Mogherini. “We are in favor of a dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out the differences.”Country to progress, Kashmir issue to be resolved under PM's leadership: Firdous ISLAMABAD APPSpecial Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday evening expressed confidence that Pakistan would progress and the Kashmir issue would be resolved under the bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The prime minister in his address to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly earlier in the day had given a strong message to the Modi government to stop targeting people in IoK, who were struggling for their legitimate right of self-determination.She was ad-Indian singer Mika Singh slapped with ban over Karachi wedding concert Indian singer Mika Singh, whose performance at a wedding in Karachi sparked outrage in his native country, has been banned by the AICWA. The film body, in a statement released on Tuesday, said that it had boycotted the singer’s association with the film production houses, music companies, and online music content providers. It further said that it will “make sure” no one in India works with the singer and that anyone who “violates the order” will face “legal consequences.” “When theCMYKdressing the Kashmir Solidarity Day rally here at the D-Chowk, which taken out by the PTI from Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi.Dr Firdous said people of both Kashmir and Pakistan had strong will and spirit, who could not be afraid of use of force by India. The whole nation was standing by the Kashmiris struggling for their just right of freedom from the Indian clutches, she added.The special assistant said the agenda of Indian sub-continent’s partition would remain inconclusive without liberation of the IoK.She said the prime minister would highlight the Kashmir cause at every fora, assuring the people of Kashmir that Pakistan would not disappoint them and never leave them alone. tension between the countries is at the peak, Mika Singh puts money above the nation’s pride,” the film association said. The body has also sought the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s intervention in the matter. Mika performed at a family event of a cousin of former president Pervez Musharraf. The singer, reportedly, charged a staggering $150,000 for the gig. As soon as a video of the event made its way to social media, the netizens started bashing Mika left, right and center. It is worth mentioning that Mika’s performance comes at a time when the relations between India and Pakistan have hit at a new low. India’s decisions to scrap Article 370 of the constitution and bifurcate the occupied territory of Jammu & Kashmir into two union territories have not gone down well with Pakistan. NEWS DESKCMYK Thursday, 15 August, 2019army fully prepared to play its part for Kashmir Cause, says Gen Bajwa RAWALPINDICSTAFF REPORTHIEF of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said the Pakistan Army is fully prepared to play its part “in line with its national duty” for Kashmir cause. “Reality of #Kashmir was neither changed by an illegal piece of paper in 1947 nor will any other do it now or in the future. Pakistan has always stood by Kashmiris against India’s hegemonic ambitions, will always do. There can never be a compromise on #Kashmir,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said quoting the army chief in a series of tweets. Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan “shall stand in the face of tyranny, regardless of the cost. Pakistan Army is fully alive to the sanctity of Jammu & Kashmirand will remain fully ready to perform its part in line with our national duty for Kashmir cause”, COAS on Independence & Kashmir Solidarity Day.” Pakistan is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day as Kashmir Solidarity Day as part of the government’s deci-sion to show solidarity with Kashmiris. In their solidarity messages, the government and opposition leaders have lent “unconditional” support to occupied Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) legislative assembly, said that the Indian government’s decision to revoke Article 370 and strip occupied Kashmir of its ‘special status’ was a strategic blunder. The premier observed that “we are facing a dangerous ideology of RSS which was inspired by the Nazi party of Hitler. RSS followers considered themselves superior to other nations in India.” “The RSS ideology hates religious minorities including Muslims and Christians and considers them as a stone in their path. “Ethnic cleansing of Muslims is also included in their agenda,” he warned. On Tuesday, Pakistan asked theUnited Nations Security Council (UNSC) to summon a session on the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir, after India revoked its special status. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote a letter to the UNSC president, asking that the Indian act, which is unconstitutional and against the conventions of the United Nations, should be discussed in a session. During a news conference, Qureshi said he had conveyed to his Indian counterpart, S. Jaishankar, that New Delhi’s stance of revoking Article 370 being an internal matter had been dismissed by Islamabad. “I said this was not right and Pakistan dismisses this stance. Occupied Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute. There are several UNSC resolutions on this and making those as the basis we have decided to once again go to the UNSC,” Qureshi said.Pakistan stands with Kashmiris, says Alvi ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORTPresident Arif Alvi on Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to stand with its Kashmiri brethren in their just right to self-determination. While addressing a flag hoisting ceremony at the Convention Centre in the federal capital, President Alvi, who was the guest of honor, said that “we are for Kashmiris and they are for us”. “Their plight and affliction affect us,” he added. Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan were in attendance. President Alvi noted that immediately after the abrogation of the Article 370 of the Indian constitution by the BJP government, Pakistan suspended bilateral trade, downgraded diplomatic relations and decided to take the issue to UN Security Council. He further said the joint resolution of parliament on August 7 condemned the “unilateral and illegal steps” taken by India to change the disputed status of Kashmir. He added that Pakistan does not accept the attempts to change the demographic composition of the occupied territory. Alvi said India has not only violated the UN resolutions on Kashmir but also thrashed the Shimla agreement of 1972. “The Indian act of changing the statuscONTINUED fROM PAgE 01 The RSS thought that the Hindus could have been a greater nation if they were not ruled by the Muslims rulers in India, he said. PM Imran said that the RSS extremist thoughts went on spreading after the horrific incidents like the Babri mosque, and lynching of Muslims and cow eaters. He said that with sending more troops, imposing curfew and expulsion of tourists and Hindu yatrees from IOK, the Modi government had sent waves of fear across the globe. The prime minister said that after the Nazi movement and the disastrous consequences of the World War II, the world had formed the United Nations (UN) to protect the weaker nations against the powerful and stop wars. He said that in case of any misadventure or violation by India, the world community would be responsible for it. After the current situation in IOK, the UN was put on trial as it had to implement its 11 resolutions passed by its Security Councilquo contravenes the Shimla Agreement,” he said. The president asserted that the presence of nine hundred thousand troops has made Kashmir the highest militarized zone. He said the blocking of communication and freedom of expression is a serious violation of human rights of Kashmiris. He said India has also been violating the ceasefire agreements by firing and shelling on civilian populations along Line of Control. He urged India to stop the brutal treatment in Kashmir, grant communication access to Kashmiri people and restore civic and social liberties of the people of the occupied territory. He said Pakistan is a peaceloving country and it wants to resolvethe issue of Kashmir through negotiations and dialogue. However, India should not misunderstand our policy of peace as our weakness. Alvi asserted we do not wish war but we will fully defend ourselves if war is imposed on us. The war will not be limited between the countries, rather its impact will be felt in the whole world. He urged India to be reasonable. The president also asked the nation to fully utilize social media to expose the heinous crimes committed by India against Kashmiris. President demanded human rights arm of the UN and OIC to constitute an inquiry commission to probe the human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. Arif Alvi appealedyouth of the nation to value the country as a blessing and never forget the sacrifices of our great leaders. He urged the youth to devote themselves to the development and reconstruction of the country. He also asked them to be proud of their social values. He paid rich tributes to sacrifices and dedication of armed forces of Pakistan. He said they have never let any damage done to the country by displaying their courage and professionalism. Mashaal Malik, the wife of detained Kashmiri leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, also addressed the event during which she shared a poem she wrote about the freedom struggle of people under Indian occupation in Kashmir.Eye for an eye over the Kashmir issue and to safeguard the Kashmiri people against Indian aggression and atrocities, he added. He said that some 1.25 billion Muslims were looking towards the UN to ensure Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The prime minister also referred to the heroic struggle of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who wanted freedom for all the people in the subcontinent, but soon realised the Hindu mindset and launched movement for a separate homeland for the Muslims. He also expressed his displeasure over the use of language by the UP chief minister about Muslim women and others for Kashmiri women. Such language, he said, exposed the sick mindset which lacks civilised manners. Certainly, it was reflective of the RSS ideology, which was responsible for carnage and destruction in India, he added. The premier said that the image of India asa secular and tolerant society had been tarnished by that ideology. India had rejected its constitution by scraping Article 370, though that provision had no significance for Pakistan, and also went against its supreme court’s verdict. He said that the judges in India had been under constant fear. The Modi government had controlled media, which was stirring war hysteria and involved in Pakistan’s bashing and the opposition parties could not raise their voice in the Indian parliament, he added. The prime minister noted that when ruling elite became haughty or rule of law was eroded in societies like in India, it damaged the civilisations turning states into banana republics. He said that India could not survive under RSS threats as it had marginalised different races and religious minorities giving rise to radicalisation. The prime minister said that nowCMYKeven pro-Indian elements were openly endorsing Quaid’s Two-Nation Theory and referred to the admission of Farooq Abdullah. “The RSS genie has unleashed itself and will soon haun
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