India staged Pathankot, Uri to avoid dialogue: Farooq

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Lahore—Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider said on Thursday that India staged incidents like Pathankot and Uri to avoid dialogue.
Addressing lawyers at Lahore High Court Bar Association, he appreciated the role of lawyers for democracy promotion and said that it was an honour for the legal fraternity that the Founder of the Nation was also a lawyer.
He condemned Indian atrocities on Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir. ‘Whatever is happening in Indian-held Kashmir is shameful,’ he added. He said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game-changer and it was a symbol of a strong Pakistan. He said that the project would create job opportunities and increase foreign reserves.
However, the project was not being digested by India, he said and added that India was promoting anarchy in Pakistan to sabotage it. He said that independence of Kashmir and good governance were top priorities of his government and every possible step would be taken in this regard.
He said that India had deployed a large number of troops in Kashmir valley and Uri sector was a well-guarded area. ‘I do not think that anybody would have crossed the Line of Control and attacked the Indian forces in the sector,’ he added.
He said that India staged the Uri incident itself to sabotage Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit as it had staged similar incident in the past also. He said that recommendations had been forwarded to the Pakistani government for amendments to the AJK Constitution and it had been demanded that Gilgit-Baltistan should not be made a province as it would weaken Kashmiris’ case. ‘It would create various issues for Pakistan which would beenfit India,’ he added. He said that India wanted to isolate the Valley by separating Ladakh and Jammu to weaken the Kashmir issue.
‘But, it does not mean that people of Gilgit-Baltistan should not be given their rights. The Gilgit- Baltistan should be given rights and they should be given status like Azad Jammu and Kashmir,’ he added.
He said that 73 per cent population of the Valley was Muslim and India wanted to change the demographic situation in the area. He said that India wanted to make separate colonies for the settlers who migrated from Rawalpindi division.
Earlier, addressing a luncheon reception, hosted by PML-N AJK Lahore chapter at a hotel, he said that the new government would utilise all available resources to generate maximum revenue to run the government affairs on modern lines. He said that the main focus would remain power generation through hydel resources and tourism.
He said the people of Kashmir had reposed confidence in the Pakistan Muslim League-N and elected him to serve them.
The AJK premier said that Kashmiris’ struggle had entered the decisive phase and the day was not far when they would get independence from India.—APP