October 2019 News

Pakistan Observes 'Kashmir Day'; Imran Khan Criticises India For Restrictions In Valley

18 October 2019
PTI


Islamabad: As Pakistan observed 'Kashmir Day' on Friday to express solidarity with the Kashmiris, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched another diatribe against India for revoking Jammu and Kashmir's special status. Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support against India for its decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcate the state into two union territories. After India's decision on August 5, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner from the country. Rejecting Pakistan's reaction, India has categorically told the international community that its move on Kashmir is an internal matter. India maintains Kashmir is a bilateral issue with Pakistan and no third party has any role in it. In recent months, Pakistan Prime Minister Khan has stepped up his shrill attack on India. Last month, addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, criticised India for abrogating Article 370 and imposing restrictions in the Valley. On Friday, Khan took to Twitter once again to criticise India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Kashmir issue as normal life remained affected across the Valley for the 75th consecutive day on Friday. 'Modi is riding a tiger. You don't need 900,000 troops to fight terrorism; you need them to terrorise 8m Kashmiri people,' he tweeted. He again claimed that the moment the restrictions are lifted in Kashmir, there will be a 'bloodbath'. India has said that many of the restrictions imposed in Kashmir were aimed to prevent externally aided terrorists from disturbing peace and inflicting casualties. Meanwhile, the official Radio Pakistan reported that 'Kashmir Day' was observed across the country to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

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