First Kashmir then ties with Delhi: Sarwar

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Says India’s warmongering jeopardized peace in region


Amraiz Khan

Welcoming Narendra Modi’s statement on cordial relations with Pakistan, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said that until the Kashmir issue is resolved, Pak-India cordial relations and peace in the region cannot be established.

He said that India should immediately stop atrocities against Kashmiris and Indian Muslims and resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions.

He was addressing the Symposium of Saylani Trust Punjab at Governor’s House and talking to the media here on Wednesday.

PTI Senator Dr Zarka Taimoor, Selani Trust officials – Bashir Farooqi, Yousaf Lakhani, Afzal Chandiyo, Political Secretary to Governor Punjab Mian Kashif Iqbal, Chairperson of Chief Minister Task Force Tanzeela Imran were present on the occasion.

Talking to media, Chaudhry Sarwar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has always advocated peace with India but India has furthered the warmongering which has jeopardized the peace of the region.

Peace in the region and bilateral ties with India cannot be established unless the Kashmir issue is resolved as per the UN resolutions, added.

Replying to a question, he said that Narendra Modi’s desire to establish cordial relations with Pakistan is a victory of the stance of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

But it remains to be seen how long Narendra Modi will stick to his word and if Modi is in favor of cordial relations with Pakistan, then the ongoing atrocities on Kashmiris and Indian Muslims must be stopped immediately.

The governor said that Pakistan’s desire of peace should not be considered a weakness, adding that Pakistan will always give a befitting reply to any belligerence from India.

Pakistan has also made many sacrifices for regional peace but now India should stop sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.

Addressing the event, Ch Sarwar commended Saylani Trust for its welfare activities and provision of free meals to the poor in Lahore and other cities of Pakistan.

There is no greater service than the service of humanity and philanthropists must come forward to support the downtrodden sections of population.

Punjab Governor while lauding role of NGOs during Covid 19 pandemic said that the role NGOs played during Coronavirus to support the deserving families was commendable.

Bashir Farooqi of Saylani Trust said that he had worked with Governor Punjab during the rains and floods in Sindh and Chaudhry Sarwar and Sarwar Foundation always have stood with the unprivileged during any crisis, adding he said that he looks forward to working with them to serve the poor in the future as well.

He said that the Saylani Trust is extending its services to Azad Kashmir and Gilgit and he and his team are making all out efforts to support those in dire need of assistance.