In PoK rally, Imran rakes up Kashmir, set to bring up issue at UNGA

WION Web Team Muzaffarabad Sep 13, 2019, 08.02 PM(IST)

File photo: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

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Despite Imran's claim of support, several nations including organisation of Islamic cooperation(OIC) members have backed India's move on abrogation of Article 370.
 

In a bid to keep the Kashmir issue in focus, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today gave a speech at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir(PoK) asserting that he was the  "ambassador of Kashmiri people".

The Pakistan prime minister who is set to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly in a fortnight set the stage during his address at PoK. "I am going to the UN General Assembly in New York and I will not disappoint the Kashmiri people," he said in a clear message that he would rake up the Kashmir issue during the congregation of world leaders later in the month.

Despite Imran's claim of support, several nations including organisation of Islamic cooperation(OIC) members have backed India's move on abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

In fact, Pakistan's ally China had attempted to rake up the Kashmir issue at the UNSC last month calling for a consultative meet. In a huge diplomatic setback for Pakistan, the meeting ended with Russia, France, UK and US backing India. The consultations did not lead to any formal meeting which Islamabad was keen to have. 

In the aftermath of India's decision to remove the special status for Jammy and Kashmir, Pakistan has been trying to internationalise Kashmir by reaching out to global capitals but it hasn't received any traction.

In his PoK speech, Imran Khan attacked PM Modi blaming him for the "injustice" in Kashmir. "Today Kashmir has been internationalised," the Pakistan prime minister told the crowd.

The Pakistan prime minister said India was "pushing" Muslim citizens towards "extremism".

Imran referred to the February 27 incident when Pak jets entered Indian airspace asserting that Pak Air Force brought down down the Indian jet. Imran said the government returned the pilot because he wanted to "solve issues through dialogue".

"Let me go to the United Nations and fight Kashmir's case," the Pakistan prime said while concluding his speech.