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UN: If I was in Kashmir 'I would pick up a gun' - Imran Khan at UNGA

United Nations, New York City
September 27, 2019 at 16:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said that "I would pick up a gun" if he was living under the lockdown in Indian-administrated Kashmir, during his speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly debate in New York City on Friday.

“I picture myself; I am in Kashmir I have been locked up for fifty-five days, I have heard about and there are rapes Indian army going into homes, soldiers. Would I want to live this humiliation? Would I want to live like that? I would pick up a gun," declared Khan, adding "You are forcing people; you are forcing people into radicalisation.”

The Pakistani Prime Minister also warned the gathered delegates that considering the large presence of troops in Indian-administered Kashmir, there could be a “bloodbath” when the lockdown is eventually lifted as crowds would come out to protest.

“If there were, forget eight million, eight thousand Jews stuck like this? What do you think Europeans would think? What do we think? I mean any human community if their members are stuck like that what do you think they will think? Are we children of a lesser God?” Khan added.

Imran Khan also warned that if Pakistan and India meet in armed conflict over the disputed Kashmir region that his nation would fight "’til death" and declared that “we will fight and when nuclear armed country fights to the end it will have consequences far beyond the borders.”

The Pakistan PM also used part of his speech to denounce Islamophobia and blamed some Western leaders for aiding the marginalisation of Muslim communities, saying "This [phrase] 'Islamic terrorism', 'Islamic radicalism' and sadly used by leaders, this has been the main reason for this Islamophobia, and it has caused pain amongst Muslims."

"In European countries it is marginalising Muslim communities, and we all know that marginalisation leads to radicalisation. Some of the people who end up as militants in Syria and other places were from marginalised Muslim communities," Khan added.

Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir has been on lockdown since the beginning of August, when New Delhi stripped the region of its autonomous status. The move sparked outrage in Pakistan, which responded by cutting off diplomatic and economic ties with India.

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The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said that "I would pick up a gun" if he was living under the lockdown in Indian-administrated Kashmir, during his speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly debate in New York City on Friday.

“I picture myself; I am in Kashmir I have been locked up for fifty-five days, I have heard about and there are rapes Indian army going into homes, soldiers. Would I want to live this humiliation? Would I want to live like that? I would pick up a gun," declared Khan, adding "You are forcing people; you are forcing people into radicalisation.”

The Pakistani Prime Minister also warned the gathered delegates that considering the large presence of troops in Indian-administered Kashmir, there could be a “bloodbath” when the lockdown is eventually lifted as crowds would come out to protest.

“If there were, forget eight million, eight thousand Jews stuck like this? What do you think Europeans would think? What do we think? I mean any human community if their members are stuck like that what do you think they will think? Are we children of a lesser God?” Khan added.

Imran Khan also warned that if Pakistan and India meet in armed conflict over the disputed Kashmir region that his nation would fight "’til death" and declared that “we will fight and when nuclear armed country fights to the end it will have consequences far beyond the borders.”

The Pakistan PM also used part of his speech to denounce Islamophobia and blamed some Western leaders for aiding the marginalisation of Muslim communities, saying "This [phrase] 'Islamic terrorism', 'Islamic radicalism' and sadly used by leaders, this has been the main reason for this Islamophobia, and it has caused pain amongst Muslims."

"In European countries it is marginalising Muslim communities, and we all know that marginalisation leads to radicalisation. Some of the people who end up as militants in Syria and other places were from marginalised Muslim communities," Khan added.

Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir has been on lockdown since the beginning of August, when New Delhi stripped the region of its autonomous status. The move sparked outrage in Pakistan, which responded by cutting off diplomatic and economic ties with India.

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

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