Time to teach India a lesson: PM Khan addresses AJK assembly

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MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Wednesday announced a fresh challenge for India over its recent power-play that escalated tensions between the two nuclear powers.

“We will teach you (India) a lesson this time,” he said while addressing the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris.

The warning came in condemnation over India’s recent actions in occupied Kashmir of revoking the region’s special status— which the premier referred as India’s strategic blunder.

“I believe it is a [huge] strategic blunder by Modi. It will cost Modi and his BJP government heavily. I consider it a big miscalculation by Modi. He has played his final card,” the premier said.

PM Imran Khan said that, with this move, the Indian government had actually helped the Kashmir cause.

“Now, the Kashmir issue is under the spotlight of [world media]. By [clamping down further] on occupied Kashmir, Modi has in fact helped to internationalise the dispute.”

“It is now up to Pakistan to highlight the issue. I will now be the ambassador for Kashmir issue around the world. I will take it up at every forum,” the premier vowed.

Taking cognizance of the communication blackout that entered its ninth consecutive day in the Indian-occupied Kashmir, he reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support to Kashmir and unleashed a warning to the Modi-ruled government.

“What is [India] up to? Why did they send in additional troops to occupied Kashmir? Why did they expel tourists from there? What are they doing?” he further questioned.

“Occupied Kashmir will only go towards freedom from here. Modi has dealt his final card, and it will cost him.”

The prime minister said Indian ruling party had no regard for its international commitments and they only care about their ideology which is driven by hatred towards Muslims.

“It’s a dangerous ideology and it has resulted in incidents like Babri mosque and ‘beef’ lynchings. What is going on in Modi’s India is similar to what happened in Nazi Germany. Intellectuals in India are afraid to speak up because if they do, they are targeted,” the prime minister added.

Stating this, he warned that Pakistan armed forces are ready to respond to any misadventure.