Continuing to push his anti-India narrative, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday incited violence, saying that the Kashmiri people would turn towards extremism to fight against the violations of human rights in the Valley.
Imran Khan, while addressing a rally at Muzaffarabad, said:
“I want to tell India that extremism would rise in Kashmir. People would fight against the atrocities and human rights violations because they have understood that death is better than a disdainful life…The people of Kashmir would stand up against these atrocities once the curfew would lift. 1.25 billion Muslims are watching what is happening in Kashmir.”
He said the Indian government won’t succeed in Kashmir because the people have already overcome the fear of death. He said that “whenever people are marginalised, they get radicalised” and so move towards “extremism”.
Furthering upping the ante, Khan warned the Indian government if another Balakot-like incident occurs, Pakistan would respond in kind.
Earlier Khan had threatened India in a similar way in a rally at Muzaffarabad, saying that abrogation of Article 370 would invite another Pulwama-type incident.
The remarks from the Pakistan Prime Minister come in the wake of Indian delegation setting the record straight at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. At the council, India called out Pakistan’s “fabricated narrative” on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
According to the MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, the Indian delegation said:
“The world is aware that this fabricated narrative comes from the epicentre of global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years.”
Meanwhile, Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh also met the UNHR High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Geneva and briefed her on the steps taken towards the gradual return to normalcy in J&K.
Thakur raised India’s concern on the threat posed by cross-border terrorism coming from Pakistan told the MEA spokesperson.
(with ANI inputs)