0.9m troops in IOK to ‘terrorise’ Kashmiris, not fight terrorism: Imran


Keeping up to his words to act as an ambassador of Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday once again drew attention to the situation in the occupied valley, criticising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for thinking he could “get his agenda of annexation”.

In a post shared on Twitter, the premier said: “Modi is riding a tiger — he thought he could get his agenda of annexation by using 900,000 forces to silence Kashmiris.

“You don’t need 900,000 troops to fight terrorism; you need them to terrorise 8m Kashmiri people.”

In a series of tweets, the prime minister said the Indian premier was now “fearful” because “he knows the moment the siege is lifted, there will be a bloodbath — which would be the only way to subdue the Kashmiri people”.

Frustration and anger have been growing in occupied Kashmir since Aug 5, when the Indian government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status through a rushed presidential decree and imposed a complete curfew and communications blackout.

While some call and text services for mobile phone services were previously restored in the region, text messaging services were again blocked on Tuesday.

The clampdown has now continued for over 70 days.

Friday is being observed as Kashmir Day across the country to express solidarity with Kashmiris. In this regard, sirens were rung at 3 pm and people stood up to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren.