LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated on Monday that any misadventure between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India may endanger the world.
“We each are nuclear-armed nations. If these tensions improve, the world might be at risk,” mentioned the premier whereas addressing the concluding session of Worldwide Sikh Conference in Lahore.
He categorically denounced the thought of conflict, saying, “I don’t imagine that conflict can remedy any downside. Everybody who has tried to unravel issues by waging conflict has misplaced, even in victory. It takes years for a rustic to recuperate from the losses.”
The PM reiterated that he would proceed to boost his voice for the folks of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), who’ve been underneath a restrictive lockdown for the previous 28 days.
Stress stays excessive within the occupied valley, the place Indian forces have used tear gasoline in opposition to stone-throwing protesters and the valley stays underneath lockdown after Modi’s resolution to withdraw particular rights for the territory on August 5.
The prime minister lamented that his overtures for peace had been dismissed by the Indian authorities. “Ever since I took workplace, I’ve supplied dialogue to India,” he mentioned, including that Delhi at all times imposed a raft of situations.
PM Imran mentioned that the lockdown in occupied Kashmir was persevering with for nearly a month. “Eight million persons are being held captive by the Indian authorities,” he mentioned. He added that he would proceed to boost his voice for the Kashmiri folks.
“Nobody, who has any humanity left (in them), can tolerate the present state of affairs in Kashmir. We will by no means settle for that you simply place eight million folks underneath lockdown for 28 days and lower off all communication. I might have raised my voice even when they Kashmiris had been non Muslims.”
He lambasted India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), saying that the measures taken by present authorities had been even opposite to Hinduism. He warned that after Muslims, the BJP would now goal different spiritual minorities.
PM Imran mentioned that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — believed to be the guardian organisation of the BJP — was following a “totalitarian and racist ideology” that was not in accordance with the teachings of any faith.
“The path through which RSS is taking India has no place for any minority. What is going on with Muslims proper now in India … it won’t cease right here. If they don’t seem to be stopped, they’ll come after the Dalits; they’ll in the future come after the Sikhs.”
He assured the Sikh neighborhood that his authorities would make all efforts to facilitate the pilgrims in visiting Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib and different holy Sikh websites in Pakistan. He vowed to ease visa course of for the intending Sikh pilgrims.
“It’s our [government’s] responsibility to facilitate our Sikh brethren who come to Pakistan for pilgrimage,” he mentioned. The federal government, PM Imran added, would attempt to give all Sikh pilgrims visas on arrival along with the a number of visas.