'Brilliant speech': PM Imran’s UNGA remarks widely hailed

The prime minister spoke from the heart, says AJK President Sardar Masood

News Desk/​ Our Correspondent September 27, 2019
PM Imran Khan addresses UNGA session in New York on Friday. PHOTO: AFP

MUZAFFARABAD: Journalists, politicians and people from other walks of life hailed Prime Minister Imran Khan's Friday speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The highlight of his 45-minute long address was Kashmir. He reminded the world that India's actions in the occupied valley could lead to a bloodbath.

“PM Imran spoke from the heart for Kashmiris on the floor of the highest global forum,” said AJK President Masood Khan.

“Now it is the responsibility of the world community to come forward and settle the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes of Kashmiris."

The parliamentary leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in AJK Legislative Assembly Abdul Majid Khan said Kashmiris were indebted to the prime minister for highlighting the Kashmir cause at UNGA.

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“It is the first time Kashmiris have seen a leader from Pakistan, who spoke openly for the rights of Kashmiris. The speech was a real representation of the oppressed people of the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Prominent Kashmiri leader and President of the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) Altaf Ahmad Bhat said the prime minister exposed India’s state terrorism and its nefarious designs in IOK.

“The speech has given new hope to the besieged Kashmiris," he said.

Opposition leader in the AJK Assembly Chaudhry Muhammad Yaseen said PM Imran reminded the world of their responsibility to bring peace and security to the region. “Every Kashmiri and Pakistani is jubilant at the speech of the prime minister.”

Kashmiri activist Mushaal Mullick thanked the prime minister for expressing "true, real sentiments" of Kashmiris' right to self-determination.

In a statement, Interior Minister Ejaz Shah appreciated PM Imran for effectively projecting the Kashmir cause at international level. He expressed the hope that efforts made for the resolution of Kashmir issue would bear fruit.

Salman Masood, a Pakistan correspondent for The New York Times, termed the speech "impassioned".

Journalist Zarrar Khuhro also praised the premier for shining "on the international stage".

"Brilliant speech by our PM," tweeted cricketer Sana Mir.

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar said, "Prime Minister Imran Khan has lifted Pakistan's International stature in just a few months. His struggle for the people of Kashmir is bound to be successful"

Prominent Pakistani-American journalist Shaheen Sehbai also lauded PM Imran's speech, saying the premier had "jumped several levels up in international stature with his UN blowout."

Journalist Owais Tohid termed the speech "bold" and "convincing"

"I believe PM @ImranKhanPTI speech on Kashmir was bold, convincing reflecting his conviction for Kashmir cause."

Secretary-General of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Khurram Nawaz Gandapur reiterated PM Imran's words and urged the UN to take immediate notice of the situation in Kashmir.

"The World should be on notice. When KASHMIR burns, two Nuclear Powers come to the brink of war. The UNGA will be responsible for any escalation which takes the World to a point of no return"

While Foreign Policy Analyst Sameera Khan said, "It’s really pathetic how some PAK liberals will endorse the Indian narrative on Kashmir just to shit on IK."


With input from APP


Amanullah Khan | 4 years ago | Reply An outstanding, extempore but comprehensive speech by the PM Imran Khan for the first time in the history in UNGA. All hats off. It was beyond expectations of the opposition and even his own supporters.
Amanullah Khan | 4 years ago | Reply An outstanding and mind blowing speech, beyond expectations for opposition and even his own supporters.
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