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India can’t change history by holding G20 summit in IIOJ&K: AJK PM

By Syed Abbas Gardezi
May 23, 2023

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, while referring to the disputed legacy of Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday said India cannot change the course of history by holding a G20 meeting in Srinagar.

Addressing a special session of the AJK Legislative Assembly, he said India cannot hoodwink the world by displaying tricolour (Indian flags) on lamp-posts in Srinagar while shutting down businesses and crippling normal life in the Kashmir valley. India’s tactics, he said, were bound to fail.

Terming the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle as part of the completion of the Pakistan movement, the AJK PM said India must bear in mind the fact that it cannot subdue Kashmiris by suppressing their sentiments and legitimate political aspirations. He expressed his profound gratitude to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for attending the special session of the assembly. He also mentioned the historical, cultural and religious linkages between the people of Kashmir and Pakistan.

The AJK PM hailed Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for presenting the case of Kashmir in a vociferous manner on India’s soil. “The world saw what happened during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s meeting held in Goa recently,” he added.

Referring to the Indian barbarism and brutalities in the region, Chaudhry Anwarul Haq said the world should take effective cognisance of the worsening political and human rights situation in the Indian-occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

He pointed out that the Indian forces deployed in the region had martyred hundreds of thousands of innocent and unarmed civilians, adding that the molestation of thousands of women by the Indian forces and the presence of thousands of unnamed graves of those who were killed by the occupation forces of India during fake encounters serve as an eye-opener for the world.

The AJK PM also lauded Chief of the Army Staff General Asim Munir for his unflinching support to Kashmiris’ ongoing struggle for their right to self-determination.

Meanwhile, AJK President Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry said the Indian bid to host the G-20 conference in Srinagar was meant to create an impression that everything was okay in Kashmir.

Referring to the highly volatile situation in the Indian-held territory, he said that India has deployed over 900,000 military and paramilitary troops who have turned the region into a slaughterhouse. “What kind of tourism can be promoted in the presence of such a large army,” he added.Referring to Narendra Modi’s dreadful and devastating policies, Barrister Chaudhry said the ruthless suppression of Kashmiris and hapless minorities within the Indian mainland has exposed Modi and his ambitions. “Modi’s fascist policies would ultimately lead to the disintegration of India,” he added.

The AJK president further said India, which claims to be the largest democracy and secular state in the world, has not only wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent Kashmiris but also unleashed hell on religious minorities in India.Lauding Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, he said the foreign minister’s speech would prove to be a great morale booster for Kashmiri people on both sides of the line of control. He further said that it was high time the international community needed to play its role to give the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination guaranteed under the international laws and the UN Security Council Resolutions.

He said that Kashmiris’ legitimate political struggle would continue till the achievement of the goal of freedom from the Indian occupation, adding that the political forces within the AJK and beyond were united on the issue of Kashmir.He said that India has failed in its attempts to achieve the desired goal as key members of the Group, including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye and Egypt have boycotted the conference.The session was attended and addressed by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, former prime ministers Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, PPP Azad Kashmir President Chaudhry Muhammad Yasin, Khawaja Farooq Ahmed and Sardar Hassan.