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Get food but no NRO, PM tells Marchers

GILGIT: Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an indirect message to the opposition-led Azadi March protesters, said on Friday that he will even send food and other supplies to the participants, but will not grant any concession under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

Addressing the Azadi Parade on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day of Gilgit, the prime minister reiterated that he will not step down from his post by resigning.

The prime minister, who had set up a seven-member government committee to hold talks with opposition ahead of the march, targeted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Mehmood Khan Achakzai in his speech at a gathering. The prime minister used the occasion to highlight the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir where Narendra Modi government had imposed a curfew for three months now.

He reiterated his support for people of Kashmir and said no one can stop occupied Kashmir from becoming independent.

“I will not leave Kashmiris alone, I fill fight their case”, he said. “Nobody can stop Kashmir from becoming independent.”

The prime minister added he would continue to raise the issue of Kahsmir across the world as the ambassador of Kashmiris. Paying tribute to people of Gilgit-Baltistan, he said they fought a war to win their freedom.

“The people of Gilgit-Baltistan would have also become victims of Modi’s oppression if they had not fought the war for their independence,” he said.

The prime minister further said, “A Muslim does not bow before anyone but Allah,” he said adding that two superpowers came to their knees before Muslims within a decade.

“Pakistan is the only country which came in to being in the name of Islam,” he said adding that the country would become a Madina like state. “We have to follow the principles of state of Madina,” PM Imran said.

Speaking about the natural beauty of Gilgit-Baltistan, he said the region was matchless in the world. He said many tourist spots have been opened in the area to promote tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan which he said was the gateway of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan addressing a large gathering in Gilgit, gathered to celebrate the region’s independence from Dogra rule said that he was filled with pride after getting here. PM Imran Khan said that Gilgit-Baltistan had strategic and historic significance, it had always been the bridge between the sub-continent (Pakistan) and China.

“Narendra Modi has played his final card in Kashmir, whenever the curfew is lifted, a sea of people will pour out on the streets to demand and take justice from the evil clutches of Indian government, no power on earth can take away freedom from the Kashmiris now,” said Khan. PM Khan thanked the people of Gilgit Baltistan and the Pakistan Armed Forces for their valor and tremendous sacrifice to make the dream of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a reality.

Directing his attention toward the Maulana Fazlur Rehman lead ‘Azadi March’, the Prime Minister said that him and the people of Gilgit were gathered to celebrate independence while those that sought ‘Azadi’ are out on the roads in Islamabad with no defined motives.

PM Imran Khan added that ‘Jews did not need to conspire against Pakistan as long as Maulana existed’.

“Indian media is overjoyed at the ‘Azadi March’, they are hailing Fazlur Rehman as if he was an Indian citizen,” said Khan.

Khan reiterated his stance on the notion of NRO saying: “Those that think that they can suppress or corner me with pressure tactics for an NRO are living in a fool’s paradise, there is absolutely no possibility of an NRO, whatsoever, they remain in fear that they too would be held accountable for their ill-gotten wealth.” PM Khan, in conclusion thanked the people of Gilgit Baltistan and the Pakistan Armed Forces for their valor and tremendous sacrifice to make the dream of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a reality. The 72nd independence day of Gilgit is being celebrated in Gilgit-Baltistan with traditional zeal and fervor today.

Agencies add: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday reiterated the support of the government and people of Pakistan to the Kashmiris waging struggle against the Indian oppression and said being an ambassador of the Kashmir cause he would continue to internationalise their just case.

“I am your ambassador and spokesman of Kashmir, and I will be the advocate of your cause in the world,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said here at the Azadi Parade at the Agha Khan Polo Stadium, marking Gilgit’s independence from Dogra Raj.

The Prime Minister who arrived here on a day-long visit said the Indian prime minister had played his last card on August 5 and said as soon as the Indian forces lift the curfew in the occupied Kashmir, a sea of people would rise to strive for their freedom from the Indian yoke. “No power can stop the Kashmiris from attaining their goal of liberation,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said. He said basically it was the “fear” that makes a person subservient to others, however the Muslims by their very nature feared none but Allah and does his best to uphold the truth.

“Such a person does not beg anyone and we are trying to make our nation self sufficient on these very principles,” Khan said and added that it was the reason that he was a strong advocate for emulating the social welfare state of Medina. He said only by pursing the principles of justice and equality, this country can make progress.

He said he was proud to join the people of Gilgit on their freedom day and said the people of Gilgit must be thankful to the Allah Almighty that they were not experiencing the same sufferings as the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir were witnessing right now.

Prime Minister Imran Khan lauded the sacrifices of the Northern Light Infantry and the freedom fighters of 1947 – 1948.

He said he had visited the most scenic places of the world, but was yet to find a place better than the magnificent beauty of Gilgit Baltistan. He said his government was focusing on promotion of tourism in this area and was optimist that it would boost the economy of this region.

Khan mentioned his tourism policy under which the government allowed waived off visa for 70 countries along with NOC requirements for foreigners who wished to see Pakistan’s scenically rich northern areas. He said this area would also get a big boost in economy as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor would be passing through Gilgit Baltistan. He said the people of the region would get jobs with the increased economic activity.

 

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