PM Khan’s Courageous Speech in the General Assembly

Maarij Farooq | Updated 26th September 2021
The writer is a lawyer and deputy editor at Daily Ittehad and Pakistan Economic Net

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the world is facing trilateral challenges like covid – 19 as well as threats posed by economic crisis and climate change. By the grace of God, Pakistan has been able to control the Corona epidemic and thanks to a plan of cooperation, we have been able to sustain human lives and livelihoods and keep the wheel of our economy running. In a virtual address to the annual session of the UN General Assembly yesterday, the Prime Minister expressed concern that a few rich islands in the sea of ​​poverty would turn into a global disaster just as climate change has done. He said that the General Assembly would have to formulate a comprehensive legal framework to curb the illicit flow of wealth.

Imran Khan made it clear that Islamophobia is also a terrible phenomenon that we all have to fight together. Terrorism has been linked to Islam by some quarters since the US 9/11 attacks, leading to extremist and terrorist groups targeting Muslims. The Prime Minister said that the most horrible form of Islamophobia is currently in India. The hateful Hindutva ideology spread by India’s fascist RSS and the BJP government has created a wave of fear and violence against the 200 million Muslims living in India. Discriminatory citizenship laws aim to rid India of Muslims. He said that New Delhi had unfortunately taken a path based on the idea of ​​extermination of Muslims which he termed as the ultimate solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue while it was a reflection of India’s expansionist ambitions.

Showing the real ugly face of India to the world leaders in this regard, the Prime Minister said that India has been taking continuous unilateral and illegal measures since August 5, 2019. It has abducted 13,000 Kashmiris, hundreds of whom have been tortured, while hundreds of Kashmiris have been killed in fake police encounters. Similarly, India has resorted to collective punishment of Kashmiris, destroying entire villages and suburbs. Along with this repression, efforts are underway to change the proportion of the population in the occupied territory to make it a Muslim minority.

Imran Khan said that Pakistan, like its other neighbours, wants to live in peace with India, but lasting peace in South Asia depends on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and Jammu and Kashmir. The solution is in accordance with the wishes of the people. For peace, the Kashmir issue must be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions, but it is unfortunate to say that the BJP government has put an end to atrocities in Kashmir. It is now the responsibility of India to create a conducive environment for meaningful and fruitful dialogue with Pakistan. No. 1: India should repeal the unilateral and illegal measures taken on August 5, 2019. No. 2, stop oppression and human rights violations against the people of Kashmir. At the same time, it is important to prevent another war between Pakistan and India. During his long address in the General Assembly, the Prime Minister, as a shrewd leader, certainly pointed out all the problems facing the United Nations and pointed out possible solutions. In them, like climate change, the bitter atmosphere created today by the atheist forces in relation to Islamophobia can lead to the destruction of regional and global peace. In this regard, the Prime Minister also pointed out the real root of the disease which is spreading from India to the world and blaming Muslims for terrorism and killing Muslims in the event of their massacre.

India’s real agenda is the fulfilment of its expansionist ambitions in the case of a united India, under which Hindu society seeks revenge for its thousand years of slavery at the hands of Muslim rulers in the subcontinent, so extremist Hindu rulers by turning it into a state, it has ignited the fire of Hindu fanaticism in the entire region, which could eventually lead to the destruction of the entire world. India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir since the establishment of Pakistan was a continuation of its anti-Muslim expansionist ambitions, so it trampled on UN Security Council resolutions to resolve the issue it had created. He also reluctantly turned down all pressure and mediation offers from the leadership and international bodies, while reversing the Shimla Agreement reached in 1972 on Pakistan-India bilateral talks with reluctance. Create and set new examples of oppression and violence against Kashmiris who do not accept Indian domination by adopting unwavering stubbornness on Kashmir. The Modi government has crossed all the boundaries of anti-Muslim sentiment and based on the Hindutva agenda has made the lives of other minorities in India including the Sikhs. The Modi government took unilateral steps on August 5, two years ago to forcibly annex the occupied valley, including Ladakh, to India, after which it locked the Kashmiris in their homes for the last 782 days and closed all the doors of the outside world to them. He is a new example of oppression around the world. At the same time, the Modi government, under the guise of Corona, resorted to oppression of Muslims and accused them of spreading Corona, which has caused a wave of hatred and contempt against the Modi government all over the world. This can be gauged from the fact that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to Washington to address the General Assembly, did not face strong protests from Kashmiris and Sikhs there. On the occasion of his address, Kashmiris went on a complete strike in the occupied valley and India at the call of Hurriyat Conference.

Addressing the General Assembly in this context, Prime Minister Imran Khan pointed out the threats to regional and global peace posed by Hindutva-obsessed India and called on world leaders to take steps to prevent a new war between Pakistan and India. Are the real steps to be taken to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council? The regional and global peace issue is linked to the resolution of the Kashmir issue, to which the Prime Minister has drawn the attention of world leaders attending the annual session of the General Assembly. In this context, It is also a question of the credibility of the United Nations.