Nation awaken against India: Rashid

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Says politics will start next month; Fazl will not stage sit-in

Our Correspondent

Bhimber

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Sunday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi possesses a radical mind that aims to destroy Pakistan. ‘The entire nation has awakened […] we will kill or die,’ Rashid said angrily while addressing a public rally at Samahni area of Bhimber in Azad Jammu and Kashmir near Line of Control on Sunday. ‘The U.S. cannot be trusted […] we do trust China’s friendship,’ the minister said, adding that India has classified two million Muslims as ‘second class citizens’. Sheikh Rashid said that discriminatory attitude was being adopted against Muslims in India.
He regretted that all members of Kashmir leadership have been put in jails while Kashmiris have been suffering through miserable circumstances, since abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution on August 5 through a rushed presidential decree. The minister further noted that 50 days have passed since imposition of stringent curfew by Indian authorities in the Himalayan valley with all communication services shutdown. ‘India has begun violating the International Law,’ he pointed out, while adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan will deliver a historic speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. Sheikh Rashid urged the United Nations and peace loving countries to take notice of the unprecedented violation of basic human rights in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan will fight the case of the oppressed people of the occupied Kashmir at the UN General Assembly session on Friday. Sheikh Rashid said Pakistan took the Kashmir issue to the UN Security Council after fifty two years which is a diplomatic win. He said Pakistan Army is ready to give a benefiting response to India if it resorts to any misadventure. The Minister said the entire people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir stand behind the Armed Forces.
He said Indian Prime Minister Modi is following in the footsteps of Hitler, who had destroyed his entire army as well as the nation. Sheikh Rashid said that 450 members of the parliament are on one side and he alone is enough for India. Sheikh Rashid said that he is promising with Almighty Allah in front of nation that if war is fought between Pakistan and India he will fight at the border and it is his desire that his dead body returns back to country as a martyr.
Sheikh Rashid said that there are 130 million youth in Pakistan, adding that all the youth should remain ready for sacrificing lives, adding that we will live for Pakistan and will die for Pakistan. He said that Kashmir is our jugular vein and India has held our jugular vein, adding that if the struggle of Kashmiris will start in Kashmir and we will remain silent spectator then the history will never forgive us. Sheikh Rashid said that he has been stopped officially to issue any irresponsible statement, adding that he knows what to say in front of people. Sheikh Rashid said that he has remained minister for eight times and remained in prison for seven years.
He said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is raising religious issues, adding that Maulana should name his azadi march as Kashmir azadi march the people of Samahni will also attend this march. Sheikh Rashid said that he knows Maulana Fazlur Rehman will not stage sit-in. He said politics will start next month in Pakistan. Sheikh Rashid said that he assures people that if war is fought between Pakistan and India whether it is fought for six days or eight days it will be last war, adding that he did not issue irresponsible statements. He said that whichever type of attack will be carried out, the same response will be given.—SABAH