The global wake-up call

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  • How to work for the Kashmir cause while at the UNGA

 

By Asma Butt

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan won hearts acting as Kashmir’s ambassador in the USA during his latest visit. He, indeed, proved himself a true leader of the whole Muslim Ummah by holding meetings with over 70 global leaders and briefing all of them about the intense situation in Kashmir. US President Donald Trump and Mr Khan met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly which Khan addressed. In his address, he said that Kashmir is subject to humanitarian problems with millions under siege. He also cautioned that if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not lift the blockade, the crisis could get much worse. When speaking to all global media, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and BBC, Mr Khan emphasised the unending Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir, and the need to bring to bear international. Pressure on India to end it.

The 50-minute speech by Imran Khan was a package of passion and power where he conveyed a heartfelt message to the world about the image of whole Muslim Ummah, which has deteriorated after 9/11. He intelligibly remarked that there is no such thing as “Radical Islam”. By stating that Islam is not radicalised; we are forcing people to be radicalised and he revitalised the true ideology of Islam all across the globe.

During his speech, he unveiled the concealed face of the RSS, or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, by pronouncing that its political philosophy is created by the promotion of the ideology of Hindutva, that promotes the supremacy of a Hindu state and cultivates Hindu values. It is not only dangerous for Kashmiris but also detrimental to other Indian Muslims, Indian Christians, and Dalits.

The reaction Imran Khan got from the Indian side was more or less the one expected. Ms Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, unleashed her aggressive response by rubbishing Mr Khan’s words as ‘brinkmanship’ and terrorism supporter rather ‘statesmanship’, while exercising India’s right of reply at the General Assembly. And, here, she lacks nothing but the truth. At all times, India has liberated lethal campaign against Pakistan but, formerly, our Prime Minister, Imran khan, quick wittedly proved his vocal and bold response to the situation and, indubitably, a reflection how a headman should direct a political issue, like he did for Kashmir

The Prime Minister deserves a bog ‘thank you’ for creating a strong case for Kashmir in the UN General Assembly. He has cautioned the world that its failure to resolve the Kashmir issue can result in massive devastation. The whole emphasis of the speech was on the need to give the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir. According to the Prime Minister, Kashmir was a test for the United Nations to refurbish its credibility by giving rights to the people of the disputed region.

On the other side, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech to the General Assembly touched on the spreading threat of terrorism but never mentioned Kashmir directly. On the other hand, The Prime Minister said that there were 900,000 Indian soldiers in the region policing eight million Kashmiris.

Imran Khan’s speech was within the bounds of diplomacy, yet it proved to be a perturbation and an ache to Modi: the Prime Minister utterly altered the concept of radicalism which gushing out of Kashmir. He has made sense prevail by highlighting that anyone being caged in for a long time, would spring out as a radical; hence the responsibility goes to India for making Kashmiris radical.

The speech verified the coverage of Kashmir issue by lightening up New York’s Time Square with ‘Free Kashmir’ slogans. Consequently, a definite victory for the Prime Minister, as now for the first time the Kashmir issue had been given a desirable voice. The biggest protest to be recorded in the history of the United Nations took place, in which people from different faiths, including Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims had gathered against Indian massacres and raised anti-Modi slogans.

The reaction Imran Khan got from the Indian side was more or less the one expected. Ms Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, unleashed her aggressive response by rubbishing Mr Khan’s words as ‘brinkmanship’ and terrorism supporter rather ‘statesmanship’, while exercising India’s right of reply at the General Assembly. And, here, she lacks nothing but the truth.

At all times, India has liberated lethal campaign against Pakistan but, formerly, our Prime Minister, Imran khan, quick wittedly proved his vocal and bold response to the situation and, indubitably, a reflection how a headman should direct a political issue, like he did for Kashmir.