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“All Pakistanis are standing with Kashmiris”: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistanis, on the appeal of Prime Minister Imran Khan, came out in droves on Friday to observe ‘Kashmir Hour’ from 12pm to 12:30pm to express solidarity with Kashmiris in Jammu and Kashmir.
Education institutions, government and private offices, banks, traders, lawyers and military authorities took part in the events. All traffic signals turned red at noon.
Small and large rallies were also held across the country by citizens, lawyers, and people from other walks of life.
Various political leaders took part in these events including Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
In the federal capital, the main event was held outside the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) where a large gathering was addressed by the prime minister. Along with the premier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Naeemul Haque were also in attendance.
“Today, all of Pakistan, wherever there are Pakistanis, whether they are our students, or shopkeepers or labourers — today all of us are standing with our Kashmiris,” the premier said.
“Our Kashmiris are going through a very tough time.”
The premier said that the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had taken over India, “the way the Nazi party had taken over Germany”.
“They think that Muslims should be taught a lesson, that they are not equal citizens. Today, the whole world is seeing what is happening in Kashmir.”
Prime Minister Imran said he has conveyed to all foreign leaders that if the international community does not stand up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “fascist government”, the effect would be felt in the whole world.
The premier reiterated that if India planned to take any action in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, “every brick will be countered with a stone.”
“Forget the media; they did not let even [Indian] opposition leaders go to Srinagar.”
He called attention to the fact that Kashmirs in IoK were under curfew for nearly four weeks.
“The message from Pakistan that will be sent today is that till our Kashmiris don’t get independence, the people of Pakistan will stand with them.”
Another event was held at the presidential palace where President Arif Alvi addressed the crowd.
“I pray to God that in your and my lifetime, we see an independent Kashmir in which their rights are not repressed, their women are not raped and their people are not martyred.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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