Imran Khan's Muzaffarabad gimmick on Friday was drowned by protests and silence from the international community over the issue of Kashmir. During his rally in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), to seek support against India was met with protests who raised anti-Imran slogans.
During this, to choke the voices of dissent, among the protesters, a child was arrested for raising slogans against the Pakistan Prime Minister. In visuals, the Pakistan security officers could be seen taking the young boy away.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran said on Friday that he will not disappoint Kashmiris at the United Nations General Assembly and vowed to raise their plight at every international platform, after Indian revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status.
Addressing a gathering in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's capital Muzaffarabad to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir, Prime Minister Khan said the Kashmir issue has been internationalised, noting that even the European Union and the British Parliament discussed the matter.
"The next week I am going to address UN General Assembly and I will not disappoint the people of Kashmir. I will stand for the rights of Kashmiris as nobody did it in the past," he said on his scheduled address at the UNGA on September 27.
The Kashmir issue has been internationalised with United Nations Security Council holding closed consultations on it for the first time in 50 years, Khan said on his second visit to Muzaffarabad after India revoked Article 370 of its Constitution and ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, evoking a sharp response from Islamabad.
Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making "irresponsible statements" and provocative anti-India rhetoric by Pakistani leaders over the issues internal to the country.
In a blatant attempt to incite violence, sources report on Sunday that Pakistan is using Kashmiri civilians in Lam and Charhoi village in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a human shield against firing. Sources report that PoK residents have been forcefully pushed out of their houses towards the LoC to allegedly create a security situation in the area. In a video accessed by Republic TV, PoK civilians are seen revolting against the Pakistan Army's move to put civilians in harm's way. This move by the Pakistani Army has already injured PoK civilians and put them between India and Pakistan's firing-counter firing, as per sources. The video shows PoK civilians protesting against the Pakistan Army shouting the slogan - 'No more night raids'. Sources report that the Pakistan Army has been conducting night raids in villages bordering the LoC in PoK. The civilians who do not comply are allegedly forced by the Pakistan Army to go in groups towards the LoC, according to sources. Sources report that when the civilians reach LoC, Pakistan Army resorts to unprovoked ceasefire violations anticipating retaliation from the Indian Army. Sources report that Pakistan Army hoped that the Indian Army would kill/injure civilians in the counter-fire. But the Indian Army has not done so, report sources.
(With PTI inputs)