IMRAN KHAN: IT (STANDING BY KASHMIRIS) IS JIHAD




Selin ATAY-TDO- Prime Minister Imran Khan on his return from the US on Sunday said that those standing by Kashmiris were doing “jihad”.

Prime Minister Khan, who focused on the Kashmir issue in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, told his party workers at the airport here that whether the world is with the Kashmiris or not, we are standing with them.

“It (standing by Kashmiris) is jihad. We are doing it because we want Allah to be happy with us,” he said.“It is a struggle and do not lose heart when the time is not good. Do not be disappointed as the Kashmiris are looking towards you,” PM Khan said, adding that “Kashmiris would win if the Pakistani people stood by their side.”

In his speech that went on for about 50 minutes, far exceeding the 15-minute limit for UN speeches during the General Debate, Khan devoted half of his address to the Kashmir issue, warning that if there’s a face-off between two nuclear-armed neighbors, the consequences would be far beyond their borders.

Khan on Friday raised the Kashmir issue in his address to the UNGA and demanded that India must lift the “inhuman curfew” in Kashmir and release all “political prisoners”.

His war rhetoric was in sharp contrast to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s peace message from the same podium a few minutes earlier in which he said India is a country that has “given the world, not war, but Buddha’s message of peace.”