In his speech to the UN, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned of a “bloodbath” in Kashmir and that there could possibly be a war due to India’s actions in Kashmir.
During his speech at the 74th session of the UNGA, Imran Khan said: “We all know that marginalisation leads to radicalisation. We must address this issue.Western leaders equated terrorism with Islam.”
“In all human communities, there are radicals, there are liberals, and there are moderates. All human communities … no religion preaches radicalism. The basis of all religions is compassion and justice, which differentiate us from the animal kingdom,” Khan said.
It was a passionate speech that was more spontaneous than others and dealt with several important issues: Kashmir in direct response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke shortly before Imran Khan; the struggle of the poor countries for development; The need to ask rich people for bills to reach a fairer society.
PM Imran Khan said the West has always misinterpreted Islam, which is causing Islamophobia in the world.
“There are 1.3 billion Muslims in this world. Millions of Muslims are living in the US and European countries as minorities. Islamophobia, since 9/11 has grown at an alarming pace. Human communities are supposed to live together with understanding among each other. But Islamophobia is creating a division.”
“Muslim women wearing hijabs has become an issue in some countries as if a hijab is some kind of weapon. This is happening because of Islamophobia,” Imran Khan said.
The Indian Prime Minister’s shift towards Kashmir was well received by the base of Hindu nationalists, who had long wanted to exercise power in the predominantly Islamic region and had long accused Pakistan of supporting militant separatists in that country.
Mr. Khan repeatedly condemned what he described as ruthless contempt of Mr. Modi for Pakistan’s historical claims in the region. The Pakistani leader has often reminded the world that Pakistan and India are two nuclear powers. He used terms such as genocide to describe India’s intentions in the disputed Kashmir region and complained that Modi had disregarded his request for dialogue.
“There are 900,000 troops there, they haven’t come to, as Narendra Modi says – for the prosperity of Kashmir … These 900,000 troops, what are they going to do? When they come out? There will be a bloodbath,” he said during an impassioned and at times apparently extemporaneous speech in which he called Modi’s actions in Kashmir “stupid” and “cruel”.
The frustration of Kashmiris living Indian occupation would inevitably lead to India facing the consequences, he said.
“Would I want to live like that?” Mr. Khan said. “I would pick up a gun.”