Pakistan PM Imran Khan lashed out at Indian government on its decision to revoke special status and occupy Jammu and Kashmir, against people’s mandate. In a 50-minute long speech, Khan requested the General Assembly to urge India to lift the restrictions on Kashmir and insist on the region’s right to self-determination.
Khan pointed out that the state had been under Indian occupation since August 5 and also pointed out that over 7000 children have been arrested. He also said that “there would be a bloodbath when the curfew in Kashmir is lifted.”
“Has PM Modi thought what would happen when the curfew in Kashmir is lifted? Do you think people in Kashmir would accept that you have withdrawn the special status? Thousands of children in Kashmir have been put under detention. They, too, will come out on the streets after the curfew in the state is lifted. There will be a bloodbath when the curfew is lifted from the state,” Imran Khan said.
“If the conventional war starts with a country which is four times the size of Pakistan, what will we do? This is what I ask myself a lot of times. But I say this, we will fight but think what happens when two nuclear countries fight,” he added.
No militant groups in Pakistan
He also negated the allegations of India that Pakistan is harbouring terrorist groups.
“When I came to power, my priority was Pakistan would be a country which would try to bring peace. The Mujahideen groups were trained by Pakistan and funded by the US to do jihad against Soviet when they occupied Afghanistan. Come 9/11, Pakistan joined the war against terrorism. Now that we joined the US which had occupied Afghanistan, these groups turned against us. At least 70,000 Pakistanis died in this war. When we came to power, we would dismantle what was left of these groups,” he said.
He also accused India of raising baseless allegations and claimed that the UN can come and see for themselves if the country is indeed harbouring terrorists.
RSS inspired by Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini: Imran Khan
He also took out the name of RSS and criticised its extreme right-wing agenda. He said that PM Modi’s whole life is RSS which takes its inspiration from Adolf Hitler and Mussolini.
“RSS believes in the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. RSS goons butchered hundreds of Muslims. This is arrogance. This makes people do cruel things. Something PM Modi has done. Arrogance has blinded PM Modi,” he said.
Imran Khan also complained that the actions of India would result in the radicalisation of Muslims.
“Don’t you think that 180 million Muslims will be radicalised in India as they see 8 million Kashmiris locked up? And what about 1.3 billion Muslims who are watching this knowing that this is only happening to Kashmiri Muslims?” Khan asked the delegates.
“How would the Jewish community react if even 8,000 Jews were under lockdown?” Khan wondered.
“How would the Europeans react? How would any human community react? Are we children of a lesser God? Don’t you know this causes us pain?” he asked.
“I picture myself in Kashmir, locked up for 50 days,” Khan said. “Hearing about rapes, the Indian Army going around…Would I live with this humiliation? You are forcing people towards radicalisation,” he said.
He added that people would pick guns when they lose the will to live.
“If you are doing this to human beings, pushing them, you are leading to radicalisation,” Khan told India.
UN has a responsibility
Khan also reminded that the UN has a responsibility.
“Two nuclear-armed nations almost went head to head in February,” Khan asserted, referring to Balakot strikes in Pakistan, in which India claimed that it destroyed a Jaish-e-Mohammad camp.
“And this is why the UN has a responsibility. This is why you came into being in 1945,” he reminded.
I feel we are back in 1939; Munich. Czechoslovakia has been taken. Will the word community appease a fascist or will it stand up for justice and humanity? If a conventional war starts between two countries – nuclear countries – anything could happen,” he warned.
Pakistan would choose to fight
He also said that Pakistan is seven times smaller than India, and if there arises an event of war, the only choice the country has is to surrender or fight till the end. In that case, Imran Khan warned that Islamabad would choose to fight.
However, he denied the allegations that Pakistan is threatening nuclear war.
“You are the one who said Kashmir has the right to self-determination,” Khan told the UN. “This is not the time for appeasement like that in 1939 in Munich.”
“This is the time when you, the United Nations, must urge India to lift the curfew; to free the 13,000 Kashmiris who have disappeared meanwhile and this is the time when the UN must insist on Kashmir’s right to self-determination,” Khan asserted.
Pakistan had reacted to India’s decision to scrap special status for Jammu and Kashmir by suspending trade, downgrading diplomatic ties and writing letters to the United Nations.