Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister, (Screen grab courtesy: Khaleej Times)
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he is saddened at the plight of Kashmiri brothers in a statement released prior to the independence day celebrations in Pakistan. Sending a strong message to India, Imran Khan would be observing this year’s celebrations at Azad Kashmir.

Imran Khan said that he was “saddened” by the plight of the people in Jammu and Kashmir as they were “victims of Indian oppression”.

“Independence Day is an opportunity for great happiness, but today we are saddened by the plight of our Kashmiri brothers in occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are victims of Indian oppression,” Khan was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.

“I assure my Kashmiri brothers that we stand with them,” he added.

Pakistan also had made clear that it would observe August 15th, the Indian Independence Day, a black day and will be flying its national flag at half-mast on all government buildings.

“Pakistani nation and political leadership are united on the issue of Kashmir and one voice will be sounded on August 14 in support of Kashmiris.” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said during his visit to Muzaffarabad on the occasion of Eid.

 

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