Pakistan opposition says Imran ‘sold out’ Kashmir cause

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Pakistan’s opposition has criticised the country’s premier Imran Khan for his “impotent” response to the scrapping of the limited autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir by New Delhi, Dawn newspaper reported.

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) that held a rally in solidarity with Kashmiris in Muzafarabad said that Khan “lost the case of Kashmiris and sold out their cause and threw the erstwhile state into the lap of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The public meeting of the country’s opposition saw more criticism of Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan for what its leaders alleged “impotent” response of his government to New Delhi’s 5 Aug, 2019 move on Kashmir.

The PDM’s public meeting was held in K.H. Khurshid Stadium in the heart of the state capital in the afternoon with a sizeable number of participants, including women, representing mostly the three major constituents of the alliance — PaKs ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F).

In their speeches, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari were unanimous in their allegations that “Khan was imposed on Pakistan under a conspiracy and that the loss of Kashmir was because of the failed foreign policy, silence and cowardliness of Imran Khan-led government in Islamabad”.

Nawaz posed a volley of questions to PM Khan, asking him what he had to say to the Kashmiris when he had “lost their case, sold out their cause and thrown Kashmir into the lap of Mr Modi”.

She said Khan had termed then US president Donald Trump’s mediation offer a “world cup-like victory” but become a lame duck after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 5 Aug, 2019 move.

PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that Khan had stabbed the Kashmiris for which he ought to be held accountable. Before coming into government, Khan had suggested that Kashmir should be divided into three parts and had got this idea implemented in collusion with Donald Trump and Narendra Modi, the Maulana alleged.

Another opposition leader, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, was also harsh towards PM Khan who he addressed as “puppet and selected” throughout his speech. “Such an incompetent and unprofessional prime minister not only plunges every Pakistani into danger but also threatens the freedom of every Kashmiri,” the PPP leader said of Khan.

Bhutto-Zardari was of the view that if the Kashmiris were allowed to decide their course of action on their own, they could gain their freedom themselves.  “The selected government has sold out Kashmir, but we will not let his plan succeed,” he said.

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