Kashmir cause cannot be suppressed through violence, Nisar tells India

Interior minister says blacklisted US national Matthew Barrett will be deported in a couple of days

News Desk August 12, 2016
Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: ONLINE

In response to Indian allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in fuelling unrest in occupied Kashmir, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday the struggle of Kashmiris could not be suppressed through violent tactics.

“I want to tell India that the Kashmiri nation cannot be suppressed by using such techniques... such a solution is not acceptable to any Pakistani,” Nisar told reporters in Islamabad on Friday.

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The security czar said he did not ignore Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the recently held Saarc summit in the federal capital.

“Rajnath Singh walked out after my speech at the forum and later responded about it in India."

Nisar suggested the Indian home minister should talk about Prime Minister Narendra Modi who takes credit for splitting Pakistan into two.

“How can someone stay silent when the other person invited as a guest insults them,” he questioned referring to Singh’s statements.

The minister said protest was launched against Indian atrocities in the disputed territory and not against the Indian home minister.

Blacklisted US national to be deported

Earlier, Nisar revealed the blacklisted American national, who is currently being held by security forces, will be deported in a couple of days.

“Matthew Barrett was deported in 2011 on Supreme Court’s orders after being blacklisted but he was reissued visa within 24 hours after he reapplied for it five years later,” he said.

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The interior minister, however, denied reports that the US national was involved in spying activities in the country.

“He was found in a sensitive area, involved in scuffle with security agencies.”

Nisar confessed that gross irregularities were found in the visa application of the blacklisted US national and strict legal action was being taken against the visa awarding officer.


Anon | 6 years ago | Reply @Hameed Giving a statement on the rights of Kashmiris does not leave him unable to do his job. Do you have a problem with people standing up for the rights of Kashmiris?
Hammad Mian | 6 years ago | Reply @Hameed: Don't see who is saying but see what he is saying.
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