It is ji­had, says Im­ran on J&K af­ter re­turn from US

Pak PM thanks wife for his ‘Kash­mir per­for­mance’ at UN

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

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.

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