It is jihad, says Imran on J&K after return from US
Pak PM thanks wife for his ‘Kashmir performance’ at UN
Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, on his return from the United States on Sunday, said that those standing by Kashmiris were doing “jihad”.
Khan, who focused on Kashmir in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, told his party workers at the airport in Islamabad that “whether the world is with the Kashmiris or not, we are standing with them”.
“It (standing by Kashmiris) is jihad. We are doing it because we want Allah to be happy with us,” he said. “It is a struggle and do not lose heart when the time is not good. Do not be disappointed because the Kashmiris are looking towards you,” he said.
He said that “Kashmiris would win if the Pakistani people stood by their side”.
On Friday, the Pakistani PM raised the Kashmir issue in his address to the UNGA and demanded that India must lift the “inhuman curfew” in Kashmir and release all “political prisoners”.
In his 45-minute address that far exceeded the 15-minute limit for UN speeches during the general debate, Khan devoted half of his address to Kashmir, warning that if there’s a face-off between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, its consequences would affect regions far beyond their borders. PMImran
Khan arrived in Pakistan on Sunday and thanked the nation as well as his third wife Bushra Bibi for his performance at the UNGA, reports Omer Farooq Khan. “First of all, I thank my nation. The way you prayed for me, for us to be able to present Kashmir’s case before the UN,” Khan told his party workers who had gathered at the airport in Islamabad. “I especially thank Bushra Bibi because she prayed a lot for us,” Khan said.
The country’s opposition, however, criticised the PM for failing to address Pakistan’s real issues. “The speech didn’t address problems of hiking prices and failing economy,” said Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of opposition Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party. PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Khan did not properly present the Kashmir issue.