Govt failed to address Kashmir issue owing to Nawaz-Modi friendship: Bilawal

Published: July 16, 2016
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Express News screen-grab of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto addressing a rally in Muzaffarabad on July 16, 2016.

Express News screen-grab of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto addressing a rally in Muzaffarabad on July 16, 2016.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has failed to address the Kashmir issue since his foreign policy is based on “friendship with Modi”.

“Can’t he [Nawaz Sharif] see the killings of innocent Kashmiri youth and disgrace that Kashmiri women have to face? How many times did he mention Kashmir in the past few days?” he asked to a charged crowd in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir during electioneering on Saturday.

Bilawal said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lacks the wisdom to lead a better foreign policy and have miserably failed in this regard.

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“Is there a single border where we are not facing tensions?” he asked while referring to the PML-N run foreign policy.

Speaking against Indian forces atrocities in Kashmir, PPP chairperson said the oppression in the region has increased to an extent that now the occupying forces are firing pallets bullets on Kashmiri children, making them blind for the rest of their lives.

However, he remarked that “in these 68 years, Kashmiris’ passion for freedom has not diminished in any way”.

Lambasting the PML-N led government, Bilawal said that the prime minister is not a politician but a businessman who has benefited from running the government.

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“In six months, neither did they [PML-N] create electricity nor did the load-shedding end. However, corruption has increased manifold,” he said.

Asking the passionate gathering to vote for his party in the impending election, Bilawal said that if the PML-N government is formed here in Azad Kashmir, then I fear the resources of the valley will be taken to the Raiwand State.

“I implore the youngsters of Peoples Youth Organisation (PYO) and Peoples Students Federation (PSF) to keep a check on PML-N rigging on the day of election. The youth have greater responsibilities in the upcoming election,” he added.

The general elections in Azad Kashmir is scheduled to be held on July 21.

On Thursday, Bilawal Bhutto questioned the silence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the latest spate of violence in the valley, terming it “unfortunate.”

 

Addressing a rally in Rawalakot, the PPP chairman said that the premier had done nothing during the past three years except establishing offshore companies.

Bilawal called on the international community to help settle the dispute as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people to ensure durable peace in South Asia.

The PPP chairman has also been criticising PM Nawaz for his alleged offshore wealth as exposed by Panama leaks.

Leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama had showed the prime minister’s three children – sons, Hassan and Hussain, and his daughter, Maryam – owned at least three offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

On April 30, Bilawal had urged the premier to resign from his post until investigation into the disclosures is over.

Kashmir has been gripped by a week of intensifying unrest, sparked by the killing of a popular, young rebel commander, Burhan Wani, in a firefight with the occupied forces on July 8.

At least 38 people have so far been killed during protests in the valley with the Indian police seizing tens of thousands of newspapers to curb news of fatal clashes.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Real Truth
    Jul 16, 2016 - 7:58PM

    Yeah right!!! Talk is cheap!!! Mind telling us the great contributions senior Zardari and the gang made for Kashmir cause during five years of PPP-govt?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 16, 2016 - 10:43PM

    @Real Truth:
    Not only cheap, but coming out of this pipsqueak’s mouth: stupid ! Just heard him on the TV trying to imitate his mother’s rally growl and, boy, does it sound pathetic.Recommend

  • Seadorff
    Jul 16, 2016 - 10:47PM

    His grand father, mother and father, while they were in power, also failed !! Why single out only PM Nawaz ???Recommend

  • ahsan
    Jul 16, 2016 - 10:54PM

    How come your father declared all kashmiri freedom fighters as terrorists?!!Recommend

  • ahsan
    Jul 16, 2016 - 10:55PM

    how come your father declared all kashmiri freedom fighters as terroristsRecommend

  • F Khan
    Jul 16, 2016 - 11:25PM

    Dirty politics.Bilawal is playing cheap politics on a sensitive issue at a time when the kashmiris are fighting for an independent homeland.We must all stand together and any attempt by PPP to cash in may pay them back heavily.Recommend

  • Johnson Jones
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:04AM

    What senseless talk?.Is this child a future political leader of a large country?.Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:26AM

    Simply pathetic.. These Pakistani politicians have been just using Kashmir as a punchball for their dirty political gains…Pakistan is the reason Kashmiris have been deprived of the prosperity they deserve.Recommend

  • Mumtaz
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:30AM

    Poor guy is trying to appease establishments. Bilawal sahib is liberal but towing hafiz Saeed line. I think Bilawal can look liberate Kashmir….,Recommend

  • Riz
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:17AM

    Sense less speech.Recommend

  • Bharat
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:39AM

    Your politician needs to grow up. Try thinking LET, ISI , AND JUD insteadRecommend

  • Bharat
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:42AM

    Your politician needs to grow up. Try thinking LET, ISI , AND JUD instead. . He is also very good friends with Rahul GandhiRecommend

  • Jul 17, 2016 - 6:01AM

    Stupid Billy Boy, you don’t even know the language of Pakistan. Your folks have done more damage to Pakistan than Nawaz Sharif. Your Nana divided Pakistan in 1971. Your Mom started Terrorism in India’s Kashmir by sending so called Freedom Fighters. This eventually spread in the world as Terrorism. And Stupid Boy your are living in UK Palaces bought by your 10% dad. You are Papu of Pakistan.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:26AM

    I am sure that Biliwal would instantly FREE those Kashmiri “Prisioners” as soon as he was elected PM by starting a WAR WITH INDIA to wrest Kashmir from their grasp! OR NOT! LOL!
    Remind me again how effective PPP was in the past dealing with India?Recommend

  • sridhar
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:00AM

    There is a lot in common between Bilawal Bhutto and Rahul Gandhi.
    Both have an I.Q of a cuckoo bird!Recommend

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