–PM urges int’l community to take notice of BJP’s Nazi-inspired RSS ideology
–Qureshi warns India to not mistake Pakistan’s desire for peace as its weakness
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Pakistan’s response to Indian aggression in February 2019 reflected the nation’s maturity.
The premier said this while addressing a ceremony held in the federal capital to commemorate Pakistan’s response on February 26, 2019. The ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, and other officials.
PM Imran said that he was very proud of the way the Pakistani people dealt with the crisis. “The fact that the crisis did not aggravate and the situation didn’t worsen only shows the maturity of the Pakistani nation,” he added.
The prime minister said that Pakistan Armed Forces were fully prepared to meet any aggression, but Pakistan side exercised restraint after realising that there were no casualties in the Indian bombing. “We are proud of our armed forces in their ability to defend the frontiers of the country,” he said.
“Our armed forces are battle hardened and they have defeated the menace of terrorism successfully, which has boosted their morale and confidence,” he added.
The premier urged the world community to take notice of Hindutva ideology of India that is based on hatred and racial superiority against minorities.
He said that the RSS ideology of incumbent Indian government takes inspiration from Nazi ideals of racist superiority and hate for followers of other religions. “More than eight million Kashmiris are virtual hostage with communication blockade and essential freedoms compromised,” he added.
The prime minister said that a racist, fascist and totalitarian ideology has been adopted by Indian government which is leading to violence and bloodshed.
He said that the prevailing environment in India is echoing the same situation where hate is being spread against all minorities in that country, leading to communal violence.
Imran said that 200 million Muslims are being targeted in India due to policies based on hate. He expressed fear that the situation will only get worse in India if not checked in time.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in his address, said that on February 26 last year, Pakistan’s eastern neighbour violated its sovereignty and launched aggression on the country. Pakistan responded befittingly to show its resolve and capability, he added.
“Our first message to India is to not consider any ill misadventure against us, as we will respond immediately as self-defence,” he added.
The foreign minister said that Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute. He questioned if it was India’s internal affair then why it organised a briefing of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members on the 15th of last month on Kashmir.
He said that the two reports of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) cannot be ignored. “Similarly, the reports of European Union (EU) and All Parties Group in the British Parliament depict the real situation in occupied Kashmir,” he added.
Referring to Afghan situation, he said we believe there is no military solution to Afghan conflict. It is only negotiated settlement that will bring peace in the neighbouring country.
Qureshi said that his second message is for international community that drift to bilateralism from multilateralism is dangerous for peace and stability in South Asia.
“Pakistanis and Kashmiris will never accept the steps taken on the fifth of August,” he added.
He said that his third message is governments can come and go but consensus on Kashmir remains the same across the board in Pakistan.
His fourth and final message, he said, for armed forces of Pakistan. “The nation is proud of you for rendering sacrifices to defeat the menace of terrorism and defending the frontiers of motherland,” he added.
Kashmir Committee Chairman Syed Fakhar Imam, in his speech, said that Indian steps in Kashmir are today vindicating the two nation theory of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Tensions flared up between the two nuclear-armed neighbours after a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, 2019.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama incident, Pakistan extended every possible cooperation to India. Pakistan reiterated its stance that it wants peace in the region and did not want war.
But Indian Air Force jet violated Pakistan’s air space 12 days later on February 26 of last year. The next day, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian jets in an aerial dogfight and captured an Indian pilot. The pilot was subsequently released as a goodwill gesture. India later claimed that it shot down a Pakistani F-16.
New Delhi claimed its forces also shot down a Pakistan F-16 fighter jet but failed to substantiate its claim with credible evidence.
However, all the Indian claims were proved wrong. International media had immediately refuted New Delhi’s claim of hitting the madrassa.