During the rallies, Imran Khan rejected the allegations of the opposition that he wanted to convert Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) into a province.
Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif (File Photo)
Pakistan’s Leader of Opposition Shahbaz Sharif slammed Imran Khan for his statement that Islamabad will leave it to the people of Kashmir to decide whether they want to stay with Pakistan or an “independent country”. Sharif said Imran Khan was withdrawing from Pakistan’s “historic and constitutional position” on the Kashmir issue by proposing a second referendum in place of the United Nations plebiscite order.
Imran Khan, in two election rallies on Friday ahead of Sunday’s elections in the towns of Tarar Khal and Kotli in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, had said that his government was not concerned about the “people of Kashmir” despite a UN plebiscite order. Will conduct another plebiscite to give them a choice whether they want to stay with Pakistan or want an independent country.
Imran Khan rejected the opposition’s claim
Imran Khan, during the rallies, dismissed the opposition’s allegations that he wanted to convert Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) into a province and said he did not know where the idea came from. The Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks came after PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s remarks claimed that Imran Khan’s government has decided to convert PoK into a province.
India has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir was, is and always will be an integral part of it. New Delhi has been telling Islamabad that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is its internal matter and it is capable of resolving its issues on its own. PML-N president Sharif issued a statement condemning Imran Khan’s remarks and said the prime minister was deviating from Pakistan’s “historic and constitutional position” on the Kashmir issue by proposing another plebiscite.
accused of helping India
He said that imposing a solution on Kashmiris without their consent and consultation with them is like helping India. At the same time, Maulana Fazlur Rehman of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazl also condemned Khan’s remarks at an election rally in PoK and said that it has proved that the current government is on former President Pervez Musharraf’s policy of ‘unilateral concession on Kashmir’. is going on. The last date for campaigning in PoK is July 25.
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