–PM says COAS assured him that army is ‘ready for India’
–Imran assures people that 2020 will be the year of progress
PIND DADAN KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Pakistan Army is ready to respond to any misadventure by Indian forces in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to divert the world’s attention from the crisis that emerged in India in the aftermath of anti-Muslim laws introduced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing a party rally in Pind Dadan Khan, hours after Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred in Indian ceasefire violations along the restive Line of Control (LoC) in Dewa sector, the prime minister extended condolences to the families of the martyrs, and said that violence at the border is not occurring in isolation.
He said that Modi was responsible for massacring thousands in Gujarat and for the injuries inflicted upon Kashmiris in the occupied valley through pallet guns.
He slammed Indian government for virtually imprisoned eight million residents of Indian-occupied Kashmir after revoking the region’s special autonomy and has now introduced two laws — the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens — which have attracted large-scale protests for being against India’s 200 million Muslims.
“I have been telling the world for the past five months that the Modi-RSS government, in order to divert the world attention away from occupied Kashmir and the protests against the anti-Muslims laws, will definitely conduct some sort of action in AJK,” the prime minister said.
“I am telling you now, he will use this [protests in India] to do something in AJK,” said the prime minister. “I informed Chief of Army Staff (COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa about this and he told me that Pakistan Army is ready for India,” he added.
“I want you to listen to my prediction. The people of India will stand up against Modi. Not only Muslims but Hindus, Sikhs and Christians,” he said, adding that “they know that what he is about to do in India is the same what Hitler did 60-70 years ago against the Jews.”
Speaking about the country’s economy, Imran said that 2020 will be the year of progress for Pakistan. He admitted that the current year had proven difficult for the poor but “the next year will be one of progress for Pakistan when jobs will be given to people”.
The prime minister credited his government’s policies for the increase in exports and remittances. He said that Pakistan had to pay off money that it collected from taxes to international lenders as it had sought heavy loans from them. “In 2019, we stabilised our economy,” he said, adding that “God willing, 2020 will be the year when prosperity will come to Pakistan”.
He lashed out at political opponents for wasting Pakistan’s resources when they were in government. He said that not everyone could bring about reform because “the corrupt mafia stands in your way”.
“Some people [political opponents] fear that if this government succeeds, they will go to jail,” he said. “Some journalists made money and derived other benefits from the old system are also against our government,” he added.
He said that “a bad time is about to come” for the corrupt mafia in the country. The prime minister took an indirect dig at opposition leaders by saying that those who had gathered at the container against him to save their looted wealth will once again feel the sting as the government will take action against them.
In Pind Dadan Khan, the prime minister performed the groundbreaking of the Jalalpur Canal Project, which will be completed in a period of four years at a cost of Rs50 billion. The 116-kilometre-long canal, off-taking from Rasul Barrage, is expected to turn around the economy of the rural areas of Jhelum and Khushab.
In his address, he said that the construction of the canal will “change the fate” of the region. He lauded Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for starting the project which he said “should have been commenced 120 years ago”. The canal will not only provide drinking water to the area’s residents but also irrigate nearly 175,000 acres of land.
Separately, in a tweet, the premier also highlighted the nature of the RSS and the dangers it poses.
The int community should wake up before RSS on the move leads to genocide of Muslims that will dwarf other genocides. Whenever militias like Hitler's Brown Shirts or RSS are formed, based upon hatred of a certain community, it always ends in genocide. https://t.co/bnxJknIbO6
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 26, 2019
“The int community should wake up before RSS on the move leads to genocide of Muslims that will dwarf other genocides. Whenever militias like Hitler’s Brown Shirts or RSS are formed, based upon hatred of a certain community, it always ends in genocide,” he tweeted.