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India has unleased terror in Kashmir, says Imran Khan at UNGA, denounces ‘snatching’ of Geelani’s body

Imran Khan address UNGA via video link.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly via a video link on Saturday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in his speech highlighted current global challenges including COVID pandemic, climate change, flight of looted money from poor countries to the rich states, and Islamophobia.

“In his speech, Imran told the world community that India had embarked on what it ominously called the “final solution” for the Jammu and Kashmir dispute with a series of illegal and unilateral measures in the occupied territory since 5th August 2019,” The Express Tribune reported.

“India has unleashed a reign of terror by an occupation force of 9,00,000; it has jailed senior Kashmiri leadership; imposed a clampdown on media and internet; violently suppressed peaceful protests; and abducted 13,000 young Kashmiris and tortured hundreds of them,”

“The most recent example of Indian barbarity was the forcible snatching of the mortal remains of the great Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, from his family, denying him a proper Islamic funeral and burial, in accordance with his wishes and Muslim traditions,” Imran Khan said in his UNGA speech.

Imran also said that Pakistan desired peace with India but sustainable peace in South Asia is contingent upon resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

While talking about Islamophobia, Imran stressed upon the current situation in India.

“The hate-filled ‘Hindutva’ ideology, propagated by the fascist RSS-BJP regime, has unleashed a reign of fear and violence against India’s 200 million strong Muslim community,” he said.

“Mob lynching by cow vigilantes; frequent pogroms, such as the one in New Delhi last year; discriminatory citizenship laws to purge India of Muslims; and a campaign to destroy mosques across India and obliterate its Muslim heritage and history, are all part of this criminal enterprise,” he added.

“Islamophobia is another pernicious phenomenon that we all need to collectively combat,” Imran told the UNGA.

He called for convening a global dialogue under the auspices of the secretary-general on countering the rise of this phenomenon.


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